Bush to lie in state at Capitol Rotunda ahead of Washington funeral service

Former President George H.W. Bush
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Former President George H.W. Bush will lie in state in the Capitol Rotunda this week, a schedule released Saturday evening indicated.

An Air Force One plane will transport Bush's casket from Houston to Washington, and both houses of Congress will participate in an arrival ceremony at the Capitol building Monday. Wednesday morning, a funeral service will be held at the nearby National Cathedral with President Trump and first lady Melania Trump in attendence.

Bush will then be transported back to Texas for a second memorial service at St. Martin's Episcopal Church in Houston on Thursday. He will be interred Thursday afternoon in College Station, Texas, next to his wife, former first lady Barbara Bush, and daughter Pauline Robinson Bush, who was just 3 years old when she died in 1953.

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A Saturday New York Times story shared the former president's final words before his death. Former President George W. Bush was on speaker phone with him to say goodbye, telling the elder Bush he'd been a "wonderful dad." "I love you, too," Bush Senior said to his son.

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