America’s national farewell to George H.W. Bush began Monday as the 41st US president was placed in the US Capitol to lie in state.
Members of the military served as pallbearers, carrying the flag-draped casket from a hearse into the rotunda.
His remains arrived Monday afternoon at Joint Base Andrews outside Washington aboard an aircraft that often serves as Air Force One. Former President George W. Bush, the eldest of the four Bush sons, and his wife, Laura, along with brother Neil Bush and his family, were aboard the plane for the trip from Houston.
Following a short service Monday afternoon, the president’s remains will lie in state in the Capitol Rotunda until Wednesday morning.
Bush died Friday in Houston at age 94. An invitation-only funeral service is set for Wednesday at Washington National Cathedral. President Donald Trump is among the dignitaries who plan to attend.