Published: Wed, December 05, 2018
Medicine | By Daryl Nelson

Hundreds stream past George H.W. Bush's casket at Capitol

Hundreds stream past George H.W. Bush's casket at Capitol

"He will be remembered for his decades of service to the nation and the world, and it is appropriate that the New York Stock Exchange closes on Wednesday, the National Day of Mourning, to honor President Bush's enduring legacy".

President Donald Trump has declared a national day of mourning for the late President George H.W. Bush, to take place on Wednesday, December 5.

Trump's relationship with the Bush family has been tense.

Bush will be buried Friday at Texas A&M University, where the George H.W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum is located.

"I think he was one of the kindest, most generous men", said Marge Frazier, who visited the downtown statue Sunday while showing friends from California around.

House Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate leader Mitch McConnell, both Republicans, also spoke.

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"To honor his wife of 73 years and her commitment to family literacy, for which she raised over $110 million over the course of over 30 years, George H.W. Bush will be wearing a pair of socks festooned with books", McGrath tweeted at the time.

Ferried by motorcade to the Capitol along streets bathed in the auburn afternoon sun, the president ended his journey along Constitution Avenue, adorned with USA and D.C. flags flying from lamp posts. "He was 94 and is survived by his five children and their spouses, 17 grandchildren, eight great grandchildren, and two siblings", the former president's office said in a statement.

Sully went to work with Bush this summer after former first lady Barbara Bush passed away earlier this year.

Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner urged residents to wear colorful socks at an evening event in front of City Hall in a nod to one of the late former president's favorite fashion accessories.

He graduated from Yale in 1948 with a degree in economics. He would go on to serve as ambassador to the United Nations and China, head of the Central Intelligence Agency and chairman of the Republican National Committee before being elected to two terms as Ronald Reagan's vice president.

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