Bush, president and patriarch, is home for Texas burial

Sully The Service Dog Arrives To View Owner George H.W. Bush's Casket

He noted that trains were the mode of transportation that first carried Bush to his service as a naval aviator in World War II and back home again.

The 2-year-old pup will be moving on to work with wounded and active-duty soldiers in their physical and occupational therapy at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Maryland, according to America's VetDogs, the organization that handles Sully.

One of those who entered the Rotunda Tuesday was former Senator Bob Dole, a rival to Bush in the 1988 Republican presidential primary.

The two-year-old Sully has been at Bush's side since June, just weeks after the death of the president's wife Barbara, to whom he was married for 73 years. Their presence was to commemorate Bush's signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act, the 1990 law that, among its many provisions, required businesses that prohibit pets to give access to service dogs.

After services in Washington, Mr Bush will be returned to Houston to lie in repose at St Martin's Episcopal Church before burial on Thursday at his family plot on the library grounds.

President Donald Trump tweeted earlier Tuesday that Mrs. Three former presidents and Trump watched George W. Bush eulogized his father as "the brightest of a thousand points of light".

George P. Bush, the former president's grandson and the only member of the political dynasty still holding elected office, as Texas land commissioner, subsequently struck a more personal tone in his eulogy of the man he and the younger generations called "gampy".

Sully The Service Dog Arrives To View Owner George H.W. Bush's Casket
U.S. Postal Service to shut down on Wednesday for National Day of Mourning

Along with Sully, people across the US are now mourning the 41st US President - Bush served one term from 1989 until 1993 and oversaw the country through the fall of the Soviet Union and the Gulf War.

They stood in front of the casket with their eyes closed for a few moments, before Mr Trump saluted the casket. "We spent a week there working with President Bush's team", Hibbard said.

Bush then shook hands with former President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama, causing her to smile when he passed her what appeared to be a piece of candy.

The post office is just one of several offices which will close across the country.

Flags on public buildings are flying at half-staff for 30 days.

In Chicago, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of IL will be closed Wednesday.

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