George HW Bush casket to arrive in Washington before state funeral

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Solemn preparations were underway Sunday for America's national farewell to George H.W. Bush, whose casket will be flown from Texas to Washington aboard a presidential aircraft to lie in state at the start of a days-long state homage.

The image, which was posted on the dog's own Instagram account and reposted by the 41st President's son George W Bush, who was the 43rd President, shows the labrador lying in faithful vigil by the side of his owner.

The former governor of California said in his touching tribute that he enjoyed sledding with Bush at Camp David, while praising the former president for inspiring America to join "our fitness crusade" by hosting the Great American Workout with him on the White House lawn.

This week will see four days of events including a state funeral at the National Cathedral in the USA capital on Wednesday. The crew was tasked by Trump with carrying out "Special Air Mission 41", a reference to Bush's place in the roster of American presidents.

He added: "A attractive day In Texas - 'ceiling and visibility unlimited, ' Mr. President". Bush's body will remain there in the rotunda, where the public can pay their respects from Monday evening at 7:30 p.m. ET until Wednesday morning at 8:45 a.m. Trump and the first lady, Melania Trump, are scheduled to attend.

At the Group of 20 summit in Argentina, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who was raised in East Germany, told reporters she likely would never have become her country's leader had Bush not pressed for the nation's reunification in 1990. From there, a funeral train transports Bush to Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas, the site of the George H.W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum, where he will be laid to rest.

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 Bill Clinton.

Remembrances to George and Barbara Bush sprang up in the neighborhood where he made his home, at a memorial to President Bush at a city park and at the airport named in his honor.

He will be buried in the family plot alongside Barbara Bush, his wife of 73 years who died in April, and Robin Bush, the daughter they lost to leukaemia in 1953 at age 3. He also presided over the end of the Cold War between the United States and the former Soviet Union. "He knew it meant the death of people.He wanted to avoid a war".

Last week, things took a decided turn for the worse, Baker said on ABC. He opened his eyes.

"We're going to heaven", Baker said.