George HW Bush begins final journey to Washington before burial in Texas

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Visitors sign a guest book at the George H.W. Bush Presidential Library Center in College Station, Tex., on December 1, 2018. One of Bush's last wishes was for Sully to continue to serve and he will return to NY for the holidays before heading to Washington, D.C. There, he will join the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center's Facility Dog Program.

On Monday, George H.W. Bush's faithful service dog Sully made a final journey back to the USA capital with the late president.

Bush, who was president from 1989 to 1993, will lie in state beneath the soaring U.S. Capitol rotunda for a ceremony and public visitation from Monday through Wednesday.

See photos from Bush's last journey to D.C. below.

The crew, who flew the plane to Houston on Sunday, have been tasked with carrying out "Special Air Mission 41", the number a reference to Bush's place in the roster of America's presidents. This website is not intended for users located within the European Economic Area.

Many spoke of Bush's role in a bygone era of bipartisan civility in United States politics, a sharp contrast to today's bitter divisions in the age of President Donald Trump, a fellow Republican.

The former president got Sully through America's VetDogs over the summer, about two months after the death of former first lady Barbara Bush, his wife of 73 years.

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The picture was posted on Twitter by Bush's longtime aide and friend, Jim McGrath.

The high court will be closed on Wednesday in recognition of the national day of mourning, rescheduling that day's oral arguments over Gamble v. "Thank you for your service, Mr. President". Flags on public buildings are flying at half-staff for 30 days.

Presidents Donald Trump, Barack Obama, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter are all expected to attend the service, according to sources familiar with the planning of the funeral. The couple was married for 73 years, longer than any other USA presidential couple.

The dog has also accompanied the family during the ceremonies marking Bush's passing.

After services in Washington, there will be another funeral in Houston on Thursday, followed by burial at the Bush Presidential Library in College Station, Texas.

Political analyst Larry Sabato at the University of Virginia said Bush's stature among the country's 45 presidents has grown in the quarter century since he left office.

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