Trump plane collects Bush casket for days-long homage

Trump plane collects Bush casket for days-long homage

Sully will reportedly make one last journey with the former president, accompanying his casket to Washington, DC, where Bush will lie in state from Monday. The coffin will be flown from Texas to the Capitol on board Air Force One, and then back on Wednesday, and Sully will be there every step of the way.

To commemorate the first former president to die since Gerald Ford in 2006, officials have announced a detailed, four-day schedule of celebratory services and homages, organised with military precision by the Pentagon task force charged with protecting the USA capital.

"George H.W. Bush's exemplary service and deep commitment to his country informed everything he accomplished over his decades in public life", Trudeau tweeted from the sidelines of the G20 Summit in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on Saturday morning.

Sully was assigned to Bush in June to provide support in his daily activities, according to America's VetDogs - an organisation that matches veterans and service dogs.

Bush's son and 43rd President George W. Bush shared the photograph and wrote: "As much as our family is going to miss this dog, we're comforted to know he'll bring the same joy to his new home as he did to 41".

Sully went to work with Bush this summer after former first lady Barbara Bush passed away earlier this year.

He will be buried in the family plot alongside Barbara Bush, his wife of 73 years who died in April, and Robin Bush, the daughter they lost to leukaemia in 1953 at age 3.

But each time he was hospitalised, each time loved ones thought that time might be the last, Bush rallied and was released, free to return to his home in Houston or the family compound in Kennebunkport, Maine.

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Bush served two terms as vice president under fellow Republican President Ronald Reagan before his own stint in the Oval Office from 1989 to 1993, a time that saw the end of the Cold War as well as the United States' routing of Iraqi President Saddam Hussein's army in the 1991 Gulf War.

Many former presidents and public officials are expected to attend the funeral, including President Donald Trump.

McGrath said the flights to carry Bush are being dubbed 'Special Air Mission 41'.

The remains will then be transported by train for interment on the grounds of the George Bush Presidential Library in College Station, Texas. "He knew it meant the death of people.He wanted to avoid a war".

Bush's condition further declined after Baker's visit Friday.

"Good, that's where I want to go", Bush said.

Speaking to the media, America's VetDogs said Sully will stay at their NY headquarters over the festive season and then undergo physical and occupational therapy.

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