Body of President George H.W. Bush Arriving in Washington D.C.

Body of President George H.W. Bush Arriving in Washington D.C.

Body of President George H.W. Bush Arriving in Washington D.C.

He died Friday at his Houston home at age 94, and his body is heading to Washington for a state funeral.

To commemorate the first former president to die since Gerald Ford in 2006, officials have announced a detailed, four-day schedule of celebratory services and homages, organised with military precision by the Pentagon task force charged with protecting the U.S. capital.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire Bush family during this hard time", said John Miller, President and CEO of America's VetDogs.

Federal agencies were also shuttered to mark the deaths of former presidents Ronald Reagan and Gerald Ford.

Bush, who was president from 1989 to 1993, will lie in state in the US Capitol rotunda for a ceremony and public visitation from today until Thursday.

Family and friends will then gather at the National Cathedral in Washington for an 11 a.m. funeral service on Wednesday.

"We'll be spending three days of mourning and three days of celebrating a really great man's life", Trump said about Bush's funeral while in Argentina this weekend attending the G20 summit.

A will be held Washington National Cathedral, and the White House said the president and first lady will attend.

On Thursday, Bush's remains will be flown back to Houston for a funeral at the St. Martin's Episcopal Church in Houston.

Former President George H.W. Bush is remembered before the Pittsburgh Steelers play the San Diego Chargers at Heinz Field, Pittsburgh, PA, Dec 2, 2018.

Baker called him "far and away the best one-term president we have ever had", alluding to Bush's single biggest political failure - his loss in the 1992 election to then-governor Bill Clinton.

Mr Bush will be laid to rest at the George HW Bush Presidential Library Center in College Station, Texas and will be buried alongside his wife, Barbara who died in April, and daughter Robin, who died of leukemia in 1953.

Baker was a young lawyer in Houston grieving his wife's untimely death when Bush, his tennis partner, persuaded him to try something new: help Bush run for office.

But by Friday "he began to go downhill".

"We'd play one of those very quick rounds, 18 holes in probably under two and a half hours", Woods said.

In an executive order, Trump said the decision was meant "as a mark of respect for George Herbert Walker Bush, the forty-first President of the United States". "And the contrast between George H.W. Bush and the current president could not be more stark".

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