George HW Bush casket arrives in DC

Tuesday, 04 Dec, 2018

George HW Bush was honoured with a solemn ceremony in Washington D.C on Monday as the body of the 41st president arrived in the USA capital.

"Remember when George [H.W.] Bush lost a presidential debate (and perhaps the presidency) by just looking at his watch?"

Military pallbearers carried the flag-draped casket into the rotunda as the sun set on Washington DC on Monday.

Bush's casket is set to arrive in Washington on Monday afternoon aboard the US military airplane that's more commonly recognized as Air Force One. The Facebook page for the George H.W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum also shared the image.

James Baker, Bush's former secretary of state and his friend of 60 years, told CNN on Sunday he considered Bush as "the most kind and considerate person I ever knew".

The 41 President of the United States died at his home in Houston aged 94, less than eight months after the death of his wife Barbara Bush.

The public will be able to pay respects at the rotunda from 19:30 local time on Monday (00:30 GMT Tuesday), until Wednesday's invitation-only funeral service at the National Cathedral.

According to Stars & Stripes, Bush's service dog, Sully, who has been with the former president since June, will now help wounded soldiers through the facility dog program at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland. His death also reduces membership in the exclusive ex-presidents' club to four: Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama.

Family members, former Bush cabinet members, and senators and representatives gathered to mourn Bush.

Following his presidency, he spent his later years engaged in humanitarian work that would have made a difference in the lives of thousands of persons affected by disasters across the globe.

One of Bush's major achievements was assembling the global military coalition that liberated the tiny, oil-rich nation of Kuwait from invading neighbor Iraq in 1991.

The former president came back to Washington for a final time Monday. Bush was a pilot in the Navy who served in World War II.

The photo touched the hearts of many Twitter users. The former president will be buried at his presidential library in College Station, Texas, after a private ceremony later in the afternoon.