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Bush to be buried after four-day tribute

AFP  |  Houston 

George H W was to be laid to rest Thursday, concluding a four-day tribute to the 41st that saw briefly set aside its political divisions.

After a state funeral Wednesday in that was attended by the country's five living presidents and foreign dignitaries, Bush's flag-draped coffin was flown to

He will lie in repose at St Martin's Episcopal Church, where the Bushes worshipped for decades, until he is buried.

will be interred at his presidential library in next to his wife Barbara, who died in April, and their daughter who died of at age three.

At the memorial service and Melania shared a front row pew in the with past presidents Barack Obama, Bill Clinton, and their wives as an brought Bush's casket into the prayer hall.

Former George W tapped the casket twice when he walked up to deliver a rousing eulogy, fighting through tears as he sang the praises of his father and predecessor as commander-in-chief, who died Friday at age 94.

"He showed me what it means to be a president who serves with integrity, leads with courage, and acts with love in his heart for the citizens of our country," Bush said.

"He was born with just two settings -- full throttle, then sleep," he said.

"To us, his was the brightest of a thousand points of light," he said in a reference to his father's signature call to volunteerism.

Wednesday's funeral capped a national homage that saw Bush lie in state in the US Capitol rotunda, where thousands paid respects to a statesman who steered the nation through turbulent times including the end of the Cold War -- and in a style dramatically different to the

Since Bush's death, Trump has traded his usual provocative posture for one of solemnity, tweeting before the service about "a day of celebration for a great man who has led a long and distinguished life."

"He will be missed!" Trump wrote.

At the funeral, Trump and his Democratic predecessors appeared locked in an uneasy truce.

Trump arrived and shook hands with Obama and former

But his greetings stopped there, and the body language turned cold as he failed to acknowledge Hillary Clinton, his defeated Democratic rival in 2016.

Clinton stared straight ahead and the two made no eye contact.

It was a marked contrast when arrived minutes later and shook hands with the current and past presidents and their wives -- and handed a piece of candy, as he did during the memorial service for in the same cathedral in September.

Bells tolled while the casket was carried down the aisle, as dignitaries including Britain's Charles, German Angela Merkel, former Polish president Lech Walesa, and former US and cabinet officials looked on.

Bush was a decorated World War II aviator who nearly died when he was shot down on a bombing mission.

He served as a congressman, to China, of the Central Intelligence Agency, and before winning the

Trump's ascendancy to the of the saw him exchange vitriolic attacks with the Bushes, notably slamming the presidential son's 2003 invasion of and mocking candidate during the

meanwhile branded Trump a "blowhard," and revealed he did not vote for him.

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First Published: Thu, December 06 2018. 12:25 IST