A day of mourning for President George H.W. Bush

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Friends and family gathered Wednesday at Washington National Cathedral Wednesday for a funeral service honoring late former President George H.W. Bush.

All living former presidents and representatives from around the world honored the 41st President of the United States.

President Donald Trump has declared today a national day of mourning in honor of the memorial service. That means that all federal offices are closed in the city giving Washington DC a chance to give President Bush one final send-off.

With full military honors, the flag-draped casket of President Bush descended the steps of the Capitol one last time.

A presidential motorcade made its way through the streets of Washington to the National Cathedral where more than 3,000 gathered to say one final goodbye.

Dignitaries at the service included Prince Charles, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, along with politicians from both sides of the aisle.

The service was full of somber moments but laughter too.

Former President George W. Bush eulogized his father, choking up at the end before regaining his composure.

“He valued character over pedigree and he was no cynic. He looked for the good in each person and he usually found it. A great and noble man. The best father a son or daughter could have,” President Bush said, holding back tears. “And in our grief I just smile knowing that Dad is hugging Robin and holding Mom’s hand again.”

The president’s casket will now leave Washington for the very last time to head home to Houston. A public viewing will be held before a private service and burial in College Station early Thursday afternoon.

At 3:45 p.m., Bush, an admirer of trains, will be transported to his internment via a special train with a glass viewing car.

George H.W. Bush will be interred next to his wife and daughter Robin at 4:15 p.m.

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