11:10 A.M. – George H.W. Bush’s casket is walked down the aisle at St. Martin’s Episcopal Church.
The service began with a tribute to the former president’s inauguration day in 1989, with the playing of the anthem “My Country,” the same song that was played in Washington D.C. as Bush was sworn into office.
Family and friends will say their final goodbye to former President George H.W. Bush on Thursday as he is laid to rest in Texas alongside his wife Barbara and their daughter Robin.
Mourners gathered at the Washington National Cathedral in the capital on Wednesday to pay their respects to the 41st president of the United States. A memorial service attended by Donald Trump, former presidents Barack Obama, Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter and their spouses offered high praise for Bush, who passed away on November 30 at the age of 94.
In a tearful eulogy given by Bush’s son, and 43rd president of the United States, George W. Bush described his father as a “great a noble man, and the best father a son or daughter could have.”
Before he is buried at the Bush Presidential Library in College Station, there will be an invite-only funeral service at St. Martin’s Episcopal Church in Houston on Thursday morning starting at 11 a.m. ET. The funeral comes after 12,000 people visited the late president’s casket as he lied in repose at the church since late Wednesday evening.
Eulogies will be given by Bush’s grandson, George P. Bush, and his close friend, former Secretary of State James Baker. Among the 1,200 guests to be in attendance will be Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt, former Astros first baseman Jeff Bagwell and movie star and former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.
After the service, a train locomotive painted to look like Air Force One, dubbed the “Bush 4141,” will then be used to transport the casket from the church to College Station.