George HW Bush's service dog Sully pays touching last tribute

President George H.W. Bush during a Holland visit in 2000 which campaigning for his son George W. Bush. Courtesy Hope College

President George H.W. Bush during a Holland visit in 2000 which campaigning for his son George W. Bush. Courtesy Hope College

The House has canceled all votes for the week and the Senate has postponed votes until after the Wednesday funeral of former President George H.W. Bush.

The Bush family, led by son and former President George W Bush, accompanied the patriarch's body on the flight aboard Air Force One from Texas to Joint Base Andrews outside Washington, and then on a final trip down Pennsylvania Avenue to the steps of the Capitol.

The official ceremonies honoring the late George H.W. Bush began Monday as his family watched members of the U.S. Secret Service carry his casket from a funeral chapel in Houston to a waiting hearse. He died in Texas, his home state, late Friday at the age of 94 after several years of failing health.

The casket carrying the body of George HW Bush is set to arrive in Washington on Monday afternoon, aboard the United States military plane commonly known as Air Force One.

The Capitol will be open for dignitaries and the public to pay their respects through early Wednesday, with visitors allowed to walk past Bush's casket.

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Wreaths were placed at the casket by congressional leaders from both parties, as the Bush family, including former President George W. Bush looked on. A WWII combat veteran, Bush served as a member of Congress from Texas, ambassador to the United Nations, director of the Central Intelligence Agency, vice president and 41st president of the United States. This website is not intended for users located within the European Economic Area.

Once Bush lies in state, his casket will be transported by motorcade on Wednesday morning to the National Cathedral, where a state funeral will be held.

Retired Gen Colin Powell, who as chairman of the joint chiefs of staff was Bush's top military adviser, said Bush was the "perfect American" and should be remembered for "a life of quality, a life of honor, a life of honesty, a life of total concern for the American people".

"To be honest, at one point in history, ' he said, "it would not have been exceptional to have a president who obeyed and appreciated the norms of the American system and of the presidency, who was civil, who was kind to people and who rose above petty squabbles". President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump are scheduled to attend. Writing for the Washington Post on Saturday, Clinton declared of Bush: "I just loved him". Barbara Bush died on April 17 at their Houston home. But he offered nothing but praise in the hours after the former president's death was announced.

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