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Late president Bush lies in state in Washington

AFP  |  Washington 

The body of 41st US was placed in the US Capitol to lie in state Monday as mourners gathered to remember a hero who kept "flying high."

Bush, a decorated World War II fighter pilot and former CIA who served as to before winning the White House, died Friday at age 94, at his home in

"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," said in the first of several eulogies.

McConnell lauded Bush -- who occupied the from 1989 to 1993 -- as a patriot who steered the country as straight as he had steered his 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," he added.

Only the to see his son follow him to the Oval Office, Bush will be honored with four days of services and tributes in and in Texas, where he will be buried Thursday.

Members of the military served as pallbearers, carrying the flag-draped casket from a hearse into the rotunda.

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First Published: Tue, December 04 2018. 04:46 IST