National day of mourning: What's open and what's closed on Wednesday

06 December, 2018, 21:43 | Author: Irvin Gilbert
  • Sully former President George H.W. Bush's service dog pays his respect to Bush as he lie in state at the U.S. Capitol in Washington Tuesday Dec. 4 2018

Although President Donald Trump will attend Bush's national funeral service on Wednesday, he is not among the eulogists announced by the Bush family, a list that includes the late president's son, former President George W. Bush. A WWII combat veteran, Bush served as a member of Congress from Texas, ambassador to the United Nations, director of the Central Intelligence Agency, vice president and 41st president of the United States.

Former President George W. Bush and former first lady Laura Bush pause in front of the flag-draped casket of former President George H.W. Bush as he lies in state in the Capitol's Rotunda in Washington on Tuesday.

House Speaker Paul Ryan said "here lies a great man, a gentle soul". Trump tweeted of the funeral ceremonies, which opened in Texas and came to Washington on Monday, with Bush lying in state at the Capitol until the Washington National Cathedral service.

Vice-President Mike Pence and Republican Senate leader Mitch McConnell also spoke. Service dogs are trained to do that.

The yellow Labrador, who served the late president until his death on Friday, walked into the Rotunda on a leash with Americans in wheelchairs who have benefited from the Americans with Disabilities Act that Bush signed.

Bush was elected president in 1988 after serving two terms as President Ronald Reagan's vice president.

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Bush lay in state until 5 p.m. Tuesday.

The United States of America will observe a National Day of Mourning on Wednesday. And President Bush was a bipartisan president. "The Bush family's active participation in the Kennebunkport community has touched many lives".

Bush, a Navy pilot, was shot down during the war in 1944.

Sully will have two co-workers in the role, service dogs Sgt. Dillon and Sgt. Truman.

In a recent essay, Clinton declared of Bush: "I just loved him".

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