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George H.W. Bush's casket arrives at Capitol

IANS  |  Washington 

The casket bearing the remains of former arrived at the Capitol on Monday shortly after being transported to on the outskirts of

The public will be able to pay their respects to the late in the coming days as his body lies in state in the Capitol Rotunda, reported.

A few minutes before 5 p.m., the casket arrived at the Capitol, where it was received by a committee comprised of the leaders of the and the Senate, both Democrats and Republicans, and headed by Bush's oldest son, former

The jet transporting the coffin landed shortly before 3:30 p.m. at Andrews, where it was received by air force and special forces personnel.

At the Capitol, the remains of the will lie in state and the public may pay their respects from 7:30 p.m. on Monday until 7 a.m. on Wednesday, after which a formal funeral ceremony for the former US leader will be held in the nation's capital.

Attending the funeral will be President and Melania Trump, along with other former leaders and outstanding figures in US public life, including members of the Cabinet and the

Afterwards, Bush's coffin will be transported to Houston, where his family members will be able to say their last goodbyes before he is interred at his presidential library in College Station, Texas, where his wife Barbara, who died in April, is buried.

On Thursday morning, a private funeral ceremony will be held at Houston's St. Martin's Episcopal Church, which Bush and his wife regularly attended.

The patriarch of the served as a fighter pilot during World War II, later being elected to Congress, serving as UN ambassador, CIA director, under Ronald Reagan between 1981 and 1989 and finally being elected president and serving for one term from 1989-1993 during which time he presided over the end of the Cold War and launched the Gulf War to drive invading Iraqi forces under dictator out of

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First Published: Tue, December 04 2018. 05:10 IST
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