The body of former U.S. President George H.W. Bush was carried to the burial site at his presidential library in College Station, Texas, on Thursday after a funeral at a Houston church where he was remembered by family members who knew him best as “Gampy.”
Bush’s casket was carried to his grave behind his library by a military honor guard in a ceremony overseen by his son and former President George W. Bush.
Bush, the 41st U.S. president, died last week in Texas at 94. His remains were flown to Texas on Wednesday following a state funeral at the Washington National Cathedral attended by President Donald Trump, the four living former presidents and foreign leaders.
Thursday’s funeral service was held at St. Martin’s Episcopal Church in Houston, where Bush and former first lady Barbara Bush worshipped for more than five decades. The service took on a personal tone with remarks by family members.
George W. Bush, who followed his father to the White House, sat in a front pew near the flag-draped casket and joined in as some 1,000 mourners sang “America the Beautiful.”
Following the funeral service, Bush’s remains were taken by train some 80 miles northwest to College Station for the burial alongside his wife, Barbara, who died in April, and their daughter Robin, who died of leukemia at age 3 in 1953.
Residents of small towns along the route gathered to wave at the train, a Union Pacific Corp locomotive numbered 4141 and bearing the name “George Bush 41” on the side, as it passed. (Reuters)
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