State Funeral For Late President George H. W. Bush
Thousands of teary-eyed mourners, along with world dignitaries paid their final respects today, to the 41st President of the United States, George Herbert Walker Bush.
George Bush Sr, who passed away last Friday in his Texas home the age of 94, was the longest-lived president in US history.
The service was held at the Washington National Cathedral, and the event was a solemn one as many praised the late president as one of dignity and respect, who had an unflinching commitment to the country.
In the pews along with his son, former President George Bush Jr were four other US commanders in chief including Donald Trump, Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton, and Barack Obama. World leaders present included Charles, Prince of Wales, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Jordan’s King Abdullah II, and former British prime minister John Major.
Eulogies were delivered by George Bush Jr, former Canadian Prime Minister, Brian Mulroney, and presidential historian Jon Meacham and former Wyoming Senator Alan Simpson.
President George Bush Jr briefly broke down while delivering his eulogy, remembering his father with whom he was very close. Referencing his 3-year-old sister, who died from leukaemia in 1953, and his mother Barbara who passed away in April of this year, he said:
A noble man, the best father a son or daughter could have. And in our grief, let us smile knowing that dad is hugging Robin and holding mom’s hand again
George H. W. Bush will be interred in his family cemetery next to his wife and daughter at his presidential library on the campus of Texas A&M University in College Station on Thursday.