George HW Bush’s memorial service at National Cathedral

George H.W. Bush's service dog, Sully, is honored: 'Mission complete'

Sully, a yellow Labrador retriever, became Bush's new service dog in June. "I think he's doing this because he feels he has to do it and I'm also assuming General Kelly has had a big hand in it". "My opinion of him went up seeing how he conducted himself as a statesman afterward".

Trump then saluted Bush, a gesture belying the history of antipathy between the Republican president and the Bush family.

Meanwhile, Bush's daughter-in-law, former first lady Laura Bush, got a tour of the White House Christmas decorations from first lady Melania Trump.

With Wednesday designated as a National Day of Mourning for the late former President George H.W. Bush, most federal offices will be closed, the stock markets will be shuttered and the mail will be suspended for the day.

"The elegance & precision of the last two days have been remarkable!" The Trumps visited Bush's casket Monday evening.

Maine Governor Paul R. LePage called President Bush "Maine's president" in an order closing executive departments in the state, where the Bush family has a summer home.

A long list of prominent current and former officials gathered inside the rotunda to pay their respects.

"He gave me confidence that things would be all right", she said. "And anybody who does that job deserves some respect".

Ex-Players pay tribute to OSU coach Urban Meyer
Meyer , among the elite coaches in college football and one of its highest paid, has coached at Ohio State for seven seasons. Meyer , who also has a cyst on his brain, has suffered from severe headaches in the past, and had brain surgery in 2014.

Bush is the 11th president to lie in state at the Capitol and among 31 people to have been given the honor. "But he was also just a good man", Mr. Pence said. "He seemed like a honest and decent man and you couldn't argue with his qualifications". Sully had been trained by America's VetDogs, a nonprofit that provides service dogs.

"It's important for the country to take this time and reflect on the commonalities that we have rather than the differences", Bush said. Dole served as Senate Majority Leader during the Bush administration, and they worked together on many different issues. At the casket's side, an aide helped Dole into a standing position.

Trump's relationship with the Bush family has been tense.

Bush's son Jeb Bush both reacted to Dole's salute, saying it was "incredible". The late President Bush called Trump a "blowhard". Starting at around 7:30 p.m. ET on Monday, members of the public began to be allowed into the rotunda to view the casket. "His legacy is grace perfected". Bush himself seemed to be holding back tears.

Democratic Representative Nancy Pelosi, the incoming House speaker, and Senate Democratic leader Charles (Chuck) Ellis Schumer placed wreaths at the ceremony.

One source with knowledge of the funeral arrangements told The Washington Post that Bush "wouldn't want anyone there to feel uncomfortable, including the incumbent president".

According to USA TODAY, Trump on Saturday proclaimed a day of mourning. Many banks and other businesses also will shut down, and government buildings are flying flags at half-staff until December 30.

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