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Memorial service for Bush held at US Capitol

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Commencing former George H. W. Bush's funeral proceedings, the 41st President's body was on Monday brought to the US Capitol in Washington D. C., where he will lie in state until Wednesday.

Bush's body was brought to the US capital aboard the Air Force One, nicknamed '41' in his honour, following a 21-gun salute in Texas, CNN reported.

In the Capitol Rotunda, Rev. started the ceremony with a prayer commemorating the former President's service in the Army, and the

Speaking on the occasion, paid tribute by lauding Bush's "steady hand", keeping the US on course for decades.

"Through the Cold War and the Soviet Union's collapse, he kept us on course. When the rule of law needed defending in the Persian Gulf, he kept us on course. With his even temperament and hard-won expertise, steered this country as straight as he steered that airplane. He kept us flying high and challenged us to fly higher still. And he did it with modesty and kindness that would have been surprising in someone one-tenth as tough and accomplished as he was," McConnell said.

said that Bush, apart from being a good leader, was a good father, husband, and displayed "the finest qualities of our nation and of humankind".

"He reached the heights of power with uncommon humility. He made monumental contributions to freedom with a fundamental decency that resonates across generations. No one better harmonized the joy of life and the duty of life... God bless the 41st of the United States," Ryan said.

Vice recalled Bush's time in the and his rise in politics, highlighting virtues such as kindness and modesty that stayed with him throughout.

"There was a kindness about the man that was evident to everyone who ever met him. All his years in public service were characterized by kindness, modesty and patriotism," Pence said.

Pence further recalled the signed picture and note that Bush had gifted him when his son, who is a marine aviator, completed his first tailed hook landing on the USSR

Following the conclusion of the memorial service, a number of Justices, including Justices Clarence Thomas, Stephen Breyer, Sonia Sotomayor, Brett Kavanaugh, and retired Justice Anthony Kennedy, among others, paid their tributes to the former President.

President Donald Trump, along with First will visit the later tonight to pay their respects. They will also visit the at the Blair House, the President's guest house located across the street from the on Tuesday.

Another memorial service will be held on Wednesday at the in Washington D. C., where friends and family are expected to be in attendance. Trump has declared Wednesday as a of mourning.

Bush's body will then be taken to the St. Martin's Episcopal Church in on Thursday, where Bush earlier lived. Another memorial will be held on Thursday at the St. Martin's Episcopal Church.

The 41st President, who died on Friday aged 94, will then be laid to rest at the in College Station,

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Tue, December 04 2018. 07:07 IST
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