Mission complete: George HW Bush's service dog in final act of service

H.W. Bush arrives at the 2007 Ronald Reagan Freedom Award gala dinner held in his honor in Beverly Hills Calif. Feb. 6 2007

Along with his son, George H.W. Bush will be eulogized by former Canadian Prime Minister Brian Mulroney, whose time in power overlapped with Bush, former US Sen.

With hands on hearts, members of Bush's cabinet, lawmakers and Supreme Court justices honoured the 41st president as his flag-draped casket entered the Capitol Rotunda. The Supreme Court is delaying arguments by a day for the national day of mourning. Mayor Sylvester Turner has urged attendees to wear colorful socks, a nod to the former president's fondness for sporting loud socks often emblazoned with unusual patterns during public events. An invitation-only funeral service is set for Wednesday at Washington National Cathedral.

Bush spokesman Jim McGrath on Monday tweeted a photo of the gray socks, which featured naval aviator wings and depicted a squadron of jets. The former U.S. president died this weekend at the age of 94.

"A lovely day In Texas - 'ceiling and visibility unlimited, ' Mr. President", he wrote, in reference to the aviation code phrase for a desirable situation, one used by Bush's family and friends to spread the news of his death.

He said Bush was the first president he ever voted for and was "the first president to teach me and many of us that in a democracy sometimes you fall short", and how you handle that, "is just as important as how you win".

"I love you, too", his father responded, in his last words.

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Bush's casket will arrive to College Station from Houston by train on December 6, according to ABC-affiliate KXXV. Trump directed the presidential plane - called Air Force One when the sitting President is aboard - to pick up Bush's casket and transport it to Washington.

The president's casket will depart by railroad on Thursday at 12:30 p.m. CT and arrive at Texas A&M University in College Station, home to the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum, at 3:45 p.m. The casket will be in a vehicle with Plexiglas windows to allow people to see it during the trip, according to family spokesman Jim McGrath.

From there, the president's casket will be taken to the U.S. Capitol in Washington.

President Bush will be interred next to his wife Barbara, and his daughter Robin.

Ceremonies at the presidential library will include a missing man formation flyover. George H.W. Bush. Thank you for your service sir.

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