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George H.W. Bush funeral: Bush buried at presidential library in Texas
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George H.W. Bush funeral: Bush buried at presidential library in Texas

VIDEO: Scenes from Former President George H.W. Bush’s Funeral

George H.W. Bush funeral: Bush buried at presidential library in Texas

The 41st president of the United States, George H.W. Bush, was laid to rest Thursday at his presidential library at Texas A&M University next to his wife of 73 years, Barbara Bush, after a week of services celebrating his life.

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Bush’s body was taken by train to College Station, Texas, for burial as hundreds of people turned out along the train route to say a final farewell. 

Thousands of mourners attended a funeral service in Houston earlier in the day at St. Martin’s Episcopal Church where Bush was remembered as a loyal lifelong friend and doting “Gampy” in eulogies at the church where he and his family were members for more than 50 years.

 Former Secretary of State James Baker, Bush’s political adviser, confident and friend of some 60 years, eulogized the man he called “jefe,” saying he was going to do something Bush would not like, he was going to praise him.

Bush’s oldest grandson, George P. Bush, recalled how he and his grandfather built an imaginary boat during one of the many visits he enjoyed at his grandparents home in Kennebunkport, Maine.

>> Related: Photos: 41st President George H.W. Bush laid to rest in Texas

It was the second memorial service for Bush, who was remembered Wednesday at the National Cathedral in Washington D.C., with humor and emotion as a kind man of high character who loved his family, his country and a good joke.

Bush died Friday night at his Texas home at the age of  94.

Updates:

5:28 p.m. ET Dec. 6: To the burial site

The family is following the casket to the burial site as a band plays the hymn “Holy, Holy, Holy.”

5:17 p.m. ET Dec. 6: At the library

The casket, family and friends have arrived at the presidential library.  Navy jets are flying overhead.

4:57 p.m. ET Dec. 6: The hearse is leaving 

Bush’s body has been placed in the hearse and it is being taken to its burial place at the George H.W. Bush Museum. The burial will be private.

4:41 p.m. ET Dec. 6: Train arrives at College Station 

The train carrying former President George H.W. Bush has arrived at College Station, Texas, where Bush will be interred. 

It is raining at College Station. The family is now getting off the train. The road to the station is lined with cadets in uniform. The casket is being removed from the train by an honor guard. It is wrapped in plastic to protect the flag and casket from the rain.

2:03 p.m. ET Dec. 6: The train is leaving the station

The train has left Spring, Texas, enroute to College Station.

1:37 p.m. ET Dec. 6: Casket is being loaded on the train

The train engine that will take Bush to College Station was renovated in 2005. Per his request, it was painted the colors of Air Force One. It has been in storage since then, waiting to be used for what it is being used for today.

1:35 p.m. ET Dec. 6: The hearse has arrived at the train station

It is raining heavily at the Union Pacific Railroad facility in Spring, Texas, as the motorcade arrives at the station.

12:31 p.m. ET Dec. 6: The hearse has left for the train station

A motorcade is headed to the train station where it will take around two hours to get to College Station by train.

12:21 p.m. ET Dec. 6: The family has left the church

The family has left the church and is following the former president’s body to the train station.

12:16 p.m. ET Dec. 6: The casket is removed from the church

An honor guard is removing the former president’s casket from St. Martin’s Church. Bush’s remains will be taken to a specially-designed train car which will carry the casket to College Station, Texas, where he will be buried at the George H.W. Bush Presidential Library.

12:13 p.m. ET Dec. 6: The blessing and a hymn

Rt. Rev. C. Andrew Doyle, bishop of The Episcopal Church of Texas, is offering the blessing, and the hymn "Onward, Christian Soldiers” is being sung.

12:05 p.m. ET Dec. 6: Prayers for the People 

Rev. Peter G. Cheney, chaplain of St. Ann's Episcopal Church in Kennebunkport, Maine, and Rev. Dr. Susannah E. McBay of St. Martin's Episcopal Church are leading prayers. “The Battle Hymn of the Republic” is being performed by the church’s choir.

11:59 a.m. ET Dec. 6: The Apostle’s Creed

The congregation is standing, saying the Apostle’s Creed. Reba McEntire is singing “The Lords Prayer.”

 

11:57 a.m. ET Dec. 6: “We’re here sir, as we told you we would be”

The Oak Ridge Boys are singing “Amazing Grace.” 

11:55 a.m. ET Dec. 6: “What is heaven like?”

Levenson says Bush once asked him, “What do you think heaven is like?” He says he imagines for Bush that Barbara Bush and their daughter, Robin, welcomed him with “We adore you.”

11:48 a.m. ET Dec. 6: The homily begins

Rev. Russell Levenson, Jr. is offering the homily and tells mourners that it is ok to cry because it honors the person who has passed.

11:42 a.m. ET Dec. 6: The Gospel

Rev. Martin J. Bastian of St. Martin's Episcopal Church is reading John 11:21-27.

11:38 a.m. ET Dec. 6: A second reading 

Georgia Grace Koch and Nancy Ellis LeBlond Sosa, two of Bush’s granddaughters, are reading from 1 Corinthians 12:31- 13:13

 

11:31 a.m. ET Dec. 6: George P. Bush is speaking

Bush’s oldest grandson recalls the time he spent with this grandfather. Says Bush talked “trash talk” during horseshoe throwing games. “He challenged all the grandkids to the coveted ‘first to go to sleep’ award,” he said.

 

11:25 a.m. ET Dec. 6: Baker recounts Bush’s triumphs in office

Baker says Bush’s deeds “testify to a life nobly lived.” He says his wish for a kinder, gentler nation was truly what Bush believed.

11:19 a.m. ET Dec. 6: James Baker is speaking

Former Secretary of State James Baker, Bush’s best friend, is remembering his friend. He begins with an apology, saying he will brag about his friend even though he knows Bush would not want that.

11:17 a.m. ET Dec. 6: The readings

Bush granddaughters are reading from the Bible. Marshall Lloyd Bush reads from Lamentations 3:22-26; 31-33. Barbara Pierce Bush, Noelle Lucila Bush and Elizabeth Dwen Andrews read the 23rd Psalm.

11:14 a.m. ET Dec. 6: The national anthem

The congregation sings the “Star-Spangled Banner” as Bush’s casket is put in place at the front of the church.

11:09 a.m. ET Dec. 6: The reception of the body

The Rev. Russell Levenson Jr. offers a prayer as the casket is brought into the church.

11:05 a.m. ET Dec. 6: Music begins the ceremony

After the congregation sings, “O Beautiful for Spacious Skies,” the St. Martin’s Parish Choir is singing, "This is My Country.”

10:59 a.m. ET Dec. 6: Bush’s children are being seated

“America the Beautiful” if being performed as Bush’s children and their spouses are going to their seats.

10:57 a.m. ET Dec. 6: The family is being seated now

The family is being seated as the organ plays “Amazing Grace.”

10:55 a.m. ET Dec. 6: Oak Ridge Boys, Reba McEntire arrive

The Oak Ridge Boys will be singing at the ceremony, as will Reba McEntire.

10:39 a.m. ET Dec. 6: The family is beginning to come into the church

Some members of the Bush family are already in the church. All the guests are seated and awaiting the start of the service.

10:20 a.m. ET Dec. 6: Guests are arriving at the Church in Houston

People are being seated in St. Martin’s Episcopal Church as the services are set to begin in about 40 minutes. 

Actor and former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is there, as are athletes J.J. Watt, and Yao Ming. Actor Chuck Norris is also in the crowd.

9:20 a.m. ET Dec. 6: Baker, Bush’s grandson to offer eulogies

More than 1,200 guests are expected to attend Bush’s funeral service in Houston. James Baker, Bush’s friend of more than 60 years, and his grandson, George P. Bush, will deliver eulogies at the funeral.

Bush’s grandsons will be honorary pallbearers and six of his granddaughters will speak at the ceremony. 

8 a.m. ET Dec. 6: The schedule for Thursday’s services

Here is the schedule of events for Thursday’s services for Bush: 

  • 10 a.m. CT — Funeral service at St. Martin’s Episcopal Church in Houston
  • 11:15 a.m. CT — Departure ceremony at the church
  • 12:30 p.m. CT — A train carrying Bush’s body will depart from the Union Pacific Railroad Westfield Auto Facility for College Station, Texas
  • 3:45 p.m. CT — The train is expected to arrive at Texas A&M University in College Station
  • 4:15 p.m. CT — Arrival and interment at the George H.W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum in College Station.

5:19 p.m. CT Dec. 5: “Hail to the Chief” and a 21-gun salute

As the casket is removed from the plane, “Hail to the Chief” is played amid a 21-gun salute. The hymn “Abide With Me” is being played by the band.

5:15 p.m. CT Dec. 5: Friends and family are coming off the plane

The family and Bush’s friends are exiting the plane as a military honor guard awaits the former president’s casket.

5:08 p.m CT Dec. 5: Headed to St. Martin’s Episcopal Church

The president’s casket will be taken to St. Martin’s Eiscopal Church in Houston. Bush’s body will lie in repose at the church. The public will be able to pay their respects at the church.

4:58 p.m. CT Dec. 5: Returned to Texas

The plane carrying the body of George H.W. Bush has touched down at Ellington Field in Houston, Texas. A second memorial service will be held in Houston on Thursday.

2:27 p.m. ET Dec. 5: Headed to Texas

Special Mission 41 has taken off from Joint Base Andrews and is on the way to Houston.

2:08 p.m. ET Dec. 5: Motorcade arrives at Joint Base Andrews

The departure ceremony has begun. The band is playing “Goin’ Home,” as Bush leaves Washington D.C. for the last time. Some of the lyrics of “Goin’ Home,” 

Going home, going home
I am going home
Quiet like, some still day
I am going home

It's not far, just close by
Through an open door
Work all done, care laid by
Never fear no more

Mother's there expecting me
Father's waiting too
Lots of faces gathered there
All the friends I knew

I'm just going home

1:05 p.m. ET Dec. 5: Back to Texas

A military honor guard is taking Bush’s casket out of the National Cathedral. Bush’s body wil be transported to Houston for a second service to take place on Thursday at 11 a.m.

1:03 p.m. ET Dec. 5: The benediction

The service is ending and the benediction is being given.

12:58 p.m. ET Dec. 5: Closing prayers and the Navy Hymn

The choir sings “Eternal Father, Strong to Save,” known as the Navy Hymn. Bush was a Navy pilot in World War II.

12:54 p.m. ET Dec. 5: Ronan Tynan performs

Tynan sings “The Lord’s Prayer.”

12:50 p.m. ET Dec. 5: Michael Smith performs

Singer Michael W. Smith performs the song “Friends”.

12:46 p.m. ET Dec. 5: An invitation

Levenson says of Bush’s passing, “Perhaps it’s an invitation to fill the void that has been left behind. ... Preach Christ at all times. If necessary use words. ... So, Mr. President, mission complete. Well done, good and faithful servant. Welcome to your eternal home, where ceiling and visibility are unlimited, and life goes on forever. Amen.”

12:34 p.m. ET Dec. 5: ‘George H.W. Bush was a good man, a godly man’

Rev. Russell Levenson Jr., of Saint Martins’ Episcopal Church in Houston, Texas, is offering the homily. He remembers Bush as a good and godly man. “Never once did I witness anything other than care and concern for those around him.”

 

12:29 p.m. ET Dec. 5: ‘The best father a son or daughter could have’

Bush mentions his father’s hatred for broccoli, that he married his sweetheart, “he was dedicated to her,” and that as he grew old he enjoyed police show reruns, “volume on high.”  He breaks down at the end, saying he was the “Best father a son or daughter could have.” 

>> Washington pays a final tribute to former President George H.W. Bush

12:19 p.m. ET Dec. 5: One president eulogizing another

George W. Bush is the only man in the history of America who has eulogized his father who was also an American president. “He was always busy, but never too busy,” Bush said of his father. He made his children believe anything was possible, Bush said. He never talked about his service in World War II, Bush said. “He looked for the good in each person and usually found it. ...To us, his was the brightest in a thousand points of light.”

12:18 p.m. ET Dec. 5: George W. Bush is speaking

Bush thanks everyone for attending the service. 

12:13 p.m. ET Dec. 5: Ronan Tynan solo

Irish tenor Ronan Tynan sings "Last Full Measure of Devotion."  “The last full measure of devotion; And though they cannot hear our applause; We honor them forever and keep alive their story; Pay tribute to their lives and give them all the glory”

 

12:12 p.m. ET Dec. 5: Simpson talks of his friend

Said Simpson: “Those who follow the high road in Washington D.C. are never burdened with heavy traffic. … The most decent and honorable men I ever met was my friend George Bush.”

12:01 p.m. ET Dec. 5: Alan Simpson is speaking

“Relax, you only have 10 minutes,” former Sen. Alan Simpson said that George H.W. Bush told him when he asked him to give a eulogy. Simpson tells several funny stories about times he and Bush had.  “He was a class act from birth to death.”

 

11:49 a.m. ET Dec. 5: Brian Mulroney is speaking

Former Canadian Prime Minister Brian Mulroney is offering a tribute. He, too, remembers Bush being shot down over the Pacific. He says no occupant of the Oval Office wil be more honorable than Bush.  

11:46 a.m. ET Dec. 5: A second reading

Jenna Bush Hager offers the second reading, Revelation 21:1-4, 23-25.

11:41 a.m. ET Dec. 5: Anthem by the choir

The anthem "The King of love my shepherd is," is being performed by the Cathedral Choir.

11:37 a.m. ET Dec. 5: ‘His heart was steadfast’

Meacham says of Bush, “His tongue may have run amuck at times, but his heart was steadfast.” 

 

11:28 a.m. ET Dec. 5: Jon Meacham is speaking

Jon Meacham, presidential historian and author, is offering a tribute. He recalls the story of when Bush was shot down over the Pacific during World War II. “He felt the weight of responsibility as a nearly physical burden. And he wept.”  

11:25 a.m. ET Dec. 5: The service has started

Anthems and a prayer from The Very Reverend Randolph Marshall Hollerith, dean of the Washington National Cathedral. Lauren Bush Lauren and Ashley Walker Bush read Isaiah 60:1-5, 18-20.

11:14 a.m. ET Dec. 5, 2018: George W. Bush greets former presidents, first ladies

George W. Bush shakes hands and greets the Obamas, Clintons and Carters before he takes his seat in the Cathedral.

11:09 a.m. ET Dec. 5, 2018: Services are starting

After a brief prayer and “Hail to the Chief” being played, Bush’s casket is being moved into the Cathedral.

11 a.m. ET Dec. 5, 2018: Bush’s body has arrived at the National Cathedral

The body of President George H.W. Bush has arrived at the National Cathedral and is being taken from the hearse. His family and friends are standing by, and will follow the casket inside.

10:50 p.m. ET Dec. 5, 2018: Trump is seated

President Trump has been seated in the National Cathedral. He spoke to the Obamas. 

10:43 p.m. ET Dec. 5, 2018: The family

George H.W. Bush and his wife Barbara had six children. One child, a daughter named Robin, died of cancer when she was 3 years old. Bush’s surviving children are: sons George W. Bush, 72, Jeb Bush, 65, Neil Bush, 63, and Marvin Bush, 62 and daughter Dorothy Bush Koch, 59. Bush had 17 grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren. He is also survived by two siblings.

 

10:33 a.m. ET Dec. 5, 2018: Former presidents at the Cathedral

All the former living presidents, except for George W. Bush, are in the Cathedral now -- Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton and Barack Obama. President Trump is expected to arrive at any minute.

 

10:29 a.m. ET Dec. 5, 2018: The hearse is headed to the Cathedral

A motorcade will take the former president’s body to the National Cathedral. The motorcade will go past the White House on the way to the cathedral.

10:20 a.m. ET Dec. 5, 2018: Bush’s children await the casket

All five of Bush’s surviving children are outside of the Capitol as their father’s body is being brought down the building’s front steps.

10:04 a.m ET Dec. 5, 2018: Bush family arrives at the Capitol

A band is moving into place in front of the Capitol as the Bush family gets ready to receive Bush’s body. The band will play “Nearer My God to Thee.”

10 a.m. ET Dec. 5, 2018: Hearse arrives at the Capitol

The hearse has arrived at the U.S. Capitol as the casket has been removed from the Rotunda. The former president’s body will be taken down the Capitol steps to the hearse. A 21-gun salute will be given.

 

9:49 a.m. ET Dec. 5, 2018: Bush family leaving Blair House

The Bush family will soon leave Blair House where they have been staying to go to the Capitol for the departure ceremony. The former president’s body will be taken by motorcade to the National Cathedral where funeral services will begin at 11 a.m. ET.

9:30 a.m. ET Dec. 5, 2018: More mourners are coming in

Colin Powell is seated in the National Cathedral; former Vice President Joe Biden is walking in; Republian strategist Karl Rove is there. More than 3,000 guests are expected at the Cathedral.

9:11 a.m. ET Dec. 5, 2018: Mourners are arriving at the National Cathedral

Guests are going into the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C. Journalists Sam Donaldson and Ann Compton were seen walking in. Rudy Giuliani is there, as is Condolezza Rice and former vice president Dick Cheney.

9 a.m. ET Dec. 5, 2018: Trump pays tribute

 

8:30 a.m. ET Dec. 5, 2018: USS Bush pays tribute

Sailors aboard the USS George H.W. Bush (CVN-77) hold a flashlight vigil in honor of the former president and naval aviator namesake.

7 p.m. ET Dec. 4, 2018: Bush family returns to rotunda

The Bush family has returned to the Capitol rotunda to pay their respects to the family patriarch President George H.W. Bush.

President George W. Bush, his wife, Laura Bush and their twin daughters, Jenna Bush Hager and Barbara Piece Bush and their husbands, greeted the crowd in the rotunda and paused at the flag-draped casket to remember their father and grandfather,respectively.

Jeb Bush and his family and sister Dorothy Walker Bush Koch, known as Doro, were also there. They greeted friends among the crowd in the rotunda and slowly stopped to honor Bush.

11:30 a.m. ET Dec. 4, 2018: Sully pays respect

Sully the service dog made a visit to the Capitol Rotunda Tuesday where the body of his former companion, George H.W. Bush, is lying in state.

 

11 a.m. ET Dec. 4, 2018: Trump visiting with Bush family

President Trump and first lady Melania Trump will visit the Bush family at Blair House on Tuesday. 

8:35 p.m. ET Dec. 3, 2018: Trump, first lady pay respects

President Donald Trump, first lady Melania and other Trump staffers have arrived at the Capitol to pay their respects to former President George H.W. Bush.

Bush is lying in state in the Capitol rotunda until Wednesday morning.

7:15 p.m. ET Dec. 3, 2018: Prince Charles to attend funeral

Britain’s Prince Charles is planning to attend the funeral of former President George H.W. Bush, CNN reported.

 

Queen Elizabeth sent condolences Saturday on Bush’s death, calling him “a great friend and ally of the United Kingdom.”

6:55 p.m. ET Dec. 3, 2018: Texas day of mourning

Texas Gov. Greg Abbot announced a day of mourning Wednesday in honor of former President George H.W. Bush. 

State agencies will be closed and "general government operations and services shall be maintained by skeletal work crews,’ the Texas Tribune reported.

 

5:42 p.m. ET Dec. 3, 2018: After the ceremony 

The Bush family is leaving the Rotunda and the Capitol grounds. Former President Bush will lie in state until Wednesday morning when his body will be taken to the National Cathedral for a funeral service.

5:34 p.m. ET Dec. 3, 2018: Wreaths laid by Senate and House leaders

Sen. McConnell and Sen. Chuck Schumer, (D-New York), lay a wreath from members of the Senate. Rep. Nancy Pelosi, (D-California), and Speaker Ryan present one from House members. Pence and Mrs. Pence present one from the administration.

5:19 p.m. ET Dec. 3, 2018: Mike Pence is speaking

Pence recalls that Bush was the first sitting vice president to win the presidency in more than 150 years. “He left America and the world more peaceful, prosperous and secure.” He tells the story of when Bush sent a letter to his son, a U.S. Marine pilot, congratulating him on earning his wings.

 

5:13 p.m. ET Dec. 3, 2018: Paul Ryan is speaking

Speaker of the House Paul Ryan is remembering the first campaign he worked on -- Bush’s campaign for president. “President Bush personified grace.”

5:08 p.m. ET Dec. 3, 2018: Mitchel McConnell is speaking

McConnell is offering a tribute to Bush.  He describes Bush as “a steady hand staying the course.”

 

5:03 p.m. ET Dec. 3, 2018: The Capitol ceremony 

The service in the Rotunda will include the following:

  • Invocation given by the Rev. Patrick J. Conroy, S.J., chaplain, U.S. House of Representatives.
  • Tributes given by the speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, majority leader of the U.S. Senate and vice president of the United States.
  • “Eternal Father, Strong to Save” sung by the U.S. Naval Academy Glee Club.
  • Majority leader of the U.S. Senate, speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives and the vice president of the United States will place wreaths by the catafalque.
  • “America the Beautiful” sung by the U.S. Naval Academy Glee Club.
  • Benediction given by Chaplain Barry C. Black, Chaplain, U.S. Senate.

4:56 p.m. ET Dec. 3, 2018: Inside the Capitol 

Once the procession enters the Rotunda, the casket will be placed on the Lincoln Catafalque -- a stand that once held President Abraham Lincoln’s casket. The national and presidential colors will be posted. A guard of honor will be posted at the corners of the casket and a brief service will be conducted. 

4:52 p.m. ET Dec. 3, 2018: Military honors once again

The casket is being removed from the hearse. “Hail to the Chief” and a 21-gun salute is takingn place. President George W. Bush, with his hand over his heart, appears to have tears in his eyes.

4:42 p.m. ET Dec. 3, 2018: ‘A Mighty Fortress is Our God’ 

The family is getting into place to receive the casket. The casket will be carried up the steps to the Rotunda as the U.S. Army Band, “Pershing’s Own,” plays the hymns, “Fairest Lord Jesus” and “A Mighty Fortress is Our God.”

4:39 p.m. ET Dec. 3, 2018: Bush’s remains arrive at the Capitol

The Bush family and friends, along with the hearse carrying the former president’s remains have arrived at the Capitol.

4:25 p.m. ET Dec. 3, 2018: Vice President Pence arrives

Vice President Pence arrives at the Capitol. He will be speaking later. Supreme Court associated justices are also at the Capitol.

4:07 p.m. ET Dec. 3, 2018: Who will be there

When Bush’s body arrives at the Capitol he will be met by: 

Mike Pence

Paul Ryan

Mitch McConnell

John Roberts

Supreme Court associated judges

Members of the cabinet

Senators

Congressmen 

Governors and other guests

3:55 p.m. ET Dec. 3, 2018: My Country Tis of Thee

As Bush’s casket is loaded into the hearse, the military band plays “My Country Tis of Thee.” The hearse is leaving Andrews, headed toward the Capitol.

3:49 p.m. ET Dec. 3, 2018: Arrival ceremony has begun

The casket is being removed from the plane, “Hail to the Chief” is being played and there is a 21-gun salute being given.

3:44 p.m ET Dec. 3, 2018: Family, Friends leave the plane

Family and Friends who accompanied the body of former President Bush to Washington have left the plane and are lining up to watch as the casket is removed. Sully the service dog is among the mourners.

3:35 p.m. ET Dec. 3, 2018: Removal of the casket

The casket is being removed from the plane and a military honor guard is getting into place.

Members of his cabinet, led by former Vice President Dan Quayle, will meet Bush’s casket at the Capitol.

 

3:30 p.m. ET Dec. 3, 2018: Arrival ceremony is about to start

A black hearse with the emblem of the president of the United States is awaiting Bush’s casket.

3:20 p.m. ET Dec. 3, 2018: Air Force One is landing at Joint Base Andrews

The plane carrying Bush’s body has landed in Maryland. He will be taken to the Capitol this afternoon.

3:11 p.m. ET Dec. 3, 2018: Air Force One soon to land in DC

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, is reading a tribute to Bush on the Senate floor.

12:06 p.m. ET Dec. 3, 2018: The plane has departed Ellington Field

Bush’s body and his family members have left Texas.

12:01 p.m. ET Dec. 3, 2018: On the way to Washington

The plane will depart in a few moments and head to Washington where Bush’s body will lie in state for two days. The plane is expected to land around 3:30 p.m. ET at Joint Base Andrews.

11:53 a.m. ET Dec. 3, 2018: The casket is on the plane

The family, led by George W. Bush, is climbing the stairs of Air Force One. Bush turns to wave to the crowd at Ellington Field.

11:50 a.m. ET Dec. 3, 2018: Military honors begin

“Hail to the Chief” is being played as a 21-gun salute is fired. Bush’s family is waiting near the plane. “Eternal Father, Strong to Save,” the Navy hymn, is being played as the casket is being taken to toward the plane.

11:47 a.m. ET Dec. 3, 2018: All services represented

There are members from each U.S. military service represented in the honor guard.

11:45 a.m. ET Dec. 3, 2018: The casket is being transferred

The casket containing the body of former President Bush is being taken from the hearse by an honor guard.

11:39 a.m. ET Dec. 3, 2018: The motorcade is at Ellington Field

Former President George W. Bush is at Ellington Field to receive his father’s body and escort him to Washington. Bush 41’s other children and grandchildren will travel with his body on Air Force One -- called Special Air Mission 41 today.

11:35 a.m. ET Dec. 3, 2018: Sully is headed to Washington

Sully, Bush’s service dog, will fly to Washington with Bush’s body. Sully will be re-assigned to another veteran with disabilities.

11:30 a.m. ET Dec. 3, 2018: He was a veteran

Bush served in World War II. He was a pilot and was shot down over the Pacific. 

11:27 a.m. ET Dec. 3, 2018: Color guard is in place

The miliary is awaiting the arrival of President Bush’s body, which should be soon. A military guard is lined up outside of Air Force One. It is windy at Ellington Field and the flag in front of Air Force One is flapping.

11:17 a.m. ET Dec. 3, 2018: Military band and honor guard getting ready

A military band is in place and an honor guard is getting ready to receive the former president’s body.

11:15 a.m. ET Dec. 3, 2018: In lieu of flowers

From the Bush family: “The Bush family respectfully asks that, in lieu of flowers, contributions in memory of President Bush be made to the George Bush Memorial Fund at http://www.georgehwbush.com/memorial_fund.html.

Individuals who wish to honor President Bush by dedicating a day of serving others may find guidance and local opportunities at www.pointsoflight.org.”

11:04 a.m. ET Dec. 3, 2018: Who will speak at the funeral

Former President George W. Bush, historian Jon Meacham, former Canadian Prime Minister Brian Mulroney and former Sen. Alan Simpson, R-Wyoming, will eulogize Bush on Wednesday at his funeral service in Washington

10:50 a.m. ET Dec. 3, 2018:  Motorcade is heading to Ellington Field

Bush’s body is in a motorcade that is headed to Ellington Field. His family will be there when his body arrives. A 21-gun salute is scheduled before the plane heads to Washington. As the motorcade heads through Houston, people are stopping on the interstate as the hearse passes.

10:40 a.m. ET Dec. 3, 2018: Leaving the funeral home

The body of former President Bush has left the funeral home and is on the way to Ellington Field in Houston.

10:04 a.m. ET Dec. 3, 2018: Last presidential funeral was Ford’s

The last state funeral for a former president was for Gerald Ford. Ford died the day after Christmas in 2006. His funeral was on Jan. 2, 2007. George H.W. Bush gave a eulogy at Ford’s funeral.

9:45 a.m. ET Dec. 3, 2018: Bush’s body headed to D.C.

Air Force One will be transporting Bush’s remains to Washington D.C. President Donald Trump authorized the use of the plane. Bush’s body will be brought to the Capitol where he will lie in state until his funeral on Wednesday.

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  • As the investigation of a quadruple shooting in Northwest Jacksonville continues, police now say the situation escalated from a planned fight. JSO responded to Elizabeth Powell Park on Redpoll Avenue Thursday night following reports of a shooting. Police initially said several people were gathered at the basketball courts when a fight broke out and several people on scene shot at each other. In all, a 14-year-old and a 24-year-old were killed, and two other people suffered non-life threatening injuries. Investigators now say the fight was actually planned in advance between two female acquaintances who were in an ongoing dispute. JSO says people learned about the fight and gathered to watch, and several ultimately got involved. Some of those spectators then pulled guns and started shooting. In light of this, JSO says they do not believe the shooting was random. Police are asking for any information you have, including asking people who were at the park or watching the fight to come forward. If anyone has video of the fight or has seen posts on social media, they’re asking those people to let them know. You can contact JSO at 904-630-0500 or JSOCrimeTips@jaxsheriff.org. You can also submit an anonymous tip and be eligible for a possible $3,000 reward by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-866-845-TIPS.
  • A gunman opened fire at the Henry Pratt Company, a valve manufacturer in suburban Chicago on Friday, killing five people and wounding at least five police officers before he was fatally shot, police said. >> Read more trending news Officers arrived within four minutes of receiving reports of a shooting and were fired upon as soon as they entered the 29,000-square-foot manufacturing warehouse, Aurora, Police Chief Kristen Ziman said in a news conference. Update 6:45 p.m. EST Feb. 15: The chief of police says five people were killed and five officers were wounded in a shooting at a business in suburban Chicago. Aurora Police Chief, Kristen Ziman, identified the gunman as 45-year-old Gary Martin. Ziman says the gunman was also killed. The five police officers that were injured in the shooting are in stable condition according to the Chicago Sun-Times. Update 5:15 p.m. EST Feb. 15: A spokesman for the coroner’s office says at least one person is dead following a shooting at a business in suburban Chicago.  Kane County coroner’s office spokesman Chris Nelson says at least one person was killed in the attack Friday afternoon at the Henry Pratt Co. building in Aurora. Update 4:45 p.m. EST Feb. 15: A city spokesman told WGN that at least four police officers were injured.  Police have not said if anyone else has been injured. Update 4:15 p.m. EST Feb. 15: Initial reports indicate that the shooter has been apprehended, but the area is still on lockdown. Update 3:55 p.m. EST Feb. 15: A man who said he witnessed Friday’s shooting told WLS-TV that he recognized the person who opened fire at the Henry Pratt Company. The man told WLS-TV that the shooter was one of his co-workers. Update 3:50 p.m. EST Feb. 15: Police confirmed they are continue to respond Friday afternoon to an active shooting reported in Aurora. Update 3:45 p.m. EST Feb. 15: Citing preliminary reports from the scene, the Daily Herald reported several people were injured in the ongoing active shooter situation reported Friday afternoon in Aurora. Police did not immediately confirm the report. Update 3:40 p.m. EST Feb. 15: Authorities with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives are responding to the reported shooting, officials said. Check back for updates to this developing story.
  • President Donald Trump declared a national emergency Friday to fund his promised wall on the U.S.-Mexico border after Congress passed a bipartisan border security bill that offered only a fraction of the $5.7 billion he had sought. >> Read more trending news  White House officials confirmed Friday afternoon that Trump also signed the spending compromise into law to avoid a partial government shutdown. Update 3:25 p.m. EST Feb. 15:A lawsuit filed Friday by an ethics watchdog group aims to make public documents that could determine whether the president has the legal authority to invoke emergency powers to fund his promised border wall. In a statement, officials with the nonpartisan Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington said the group requested documentation, including legal opinions from the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel, to determine whether the president wrongfully used his emergency powers. “President Trump’s threatened declaration of a national emergency for these purposes raised some serious questions among the public and Congress that the president was considering actions of doubtful legality based on misstated facts and outright falsehoods to make an end-run round Congress’ constitutional authority to make laws and appropriate funds,” attorneys for CREW said in the lawsuit. >> Read the lawsuit filled by the Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington  The group said it submitted a Freedom of Information Act request to the Office of Legal Counsel last month and that it got a response on Feb. 12 that indicated authorities would not be able to expedite the request or respond to it within the 20-day statutory deadline. “Americans deserve to know the true basis for President Trump’s unprecedented decision to enact emergency powers to pay for a border wall,” CREW Executive Director Noah Bookbinder said in a statement. Officials with the American Civil Liberties Union said the group also plans to file suit. Update 2:30 p.m. EST Feb. 15: Trump has signed a bill passed by Congress to fund several federal departments until September 30, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders confirmed Friday afternoon to The Associated Press. Update 12:35 p.m. EST Feb. 15: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, accused Democrats of playing partisan politics in refusing to fund Trump’s border wall. “President Trump’s decision to announce emergency action is the predictable and understandable consequence of Democrats’ decision to put partisan obstruction ahead of the national interest,” McConnell said. Democrats have repeatedly voice opposition to the border wall, which critics say would not effectively address issues like drug trafficking and illegal immigration, which Trump purports such a wall would solve. Update 11:25 a.m. EST Feb. 15: In a joint statement, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-California, and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-New York, condemned what they called “the president’s unlawful declaration over a crisis that does not exist.” “This issue transcends partisan politics and goes to the core of the founders’ conception for America, which commands Congress to limit an overreaching executive. The president’s emergency declaration, if unchecked, would fundamentally alter the balance of powers, inconsistent with our founders’ vision,” the statement said. “We call upon our Republican colleagues to join us to defend the Constitution.” Update 11:10 a.m. EST Feb. 15: Trump said he’s expecting the administration to be sued after he signs a national emergency declaration to fund the building of wall on the southern border. “The order is signed and I'll sign the final papers as soon as I get into the Oval Office,” Trump said Friday while addressing reporters in the Rose Garden.  “I expect to be sued -- I shouldn’t be sued,” Trump said Friday while addressing reporters in the Rose Garden. “I think we’ll be very successful in court. I think it’s clear.” He said he expects the case will likely make it to the Supreme Court, the nation’s highest court. “It’ll go through a process and happily we’ll win, I think,” he said. Update 10:50 a.m. EST Feb. 15: “I’m going to sign a national emergency,” Trump said. “We’re talking about an invasion of our country with drugs, with human traffickers, with all types of criminals and gangs.”  >> National emergency likely to be blocked by courts, DOJ tells White House: reports Update 10:25 a.m. EST Feb. 15: Trump will declare a national emergency and use executive actions to funnel over $6 billion in funds from the Treasury Department and the Pentagon for his border wall, Cox Media Group’s Jamie Dupree reported. “With the declaration of a national emergency, the President will have access to roughly $8 billion worth of money that can be used to secure the southern border,” Acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney told reporters in a call before the president’s announcement. >> From Cox Media Group's Jamie Dupree: White House: Trump using national emergency and executive actions for border wall Update 10 a.m. EST Feb. 15: Trump is expected on Friday morning to deliver remarks from the Rose Garden on the southern border after White House officials said he plans to declare a national emergency to fund his border wall. Update 10 p.m. EST Feb. 14: At 10 a.m. on Friday, President Donald Trump is expected to deliver remarks from the Rose Garden about the southern border. >> From Cox Media Group’s Jamie Dupree: Congress passes border deal as Trump readies emergency for border wall The White House announced earlier that Trump will declare a national emergency that would enable him to transfer funding from other accounts for additional miles of border fencing. Update 9 p.m. EST Feb. 14: The House easily approved border funding plan, as President Donald Trump prepared an emergency declaration to fund a border wall. The bill also closes a chapter by preventing a second government shutdown at midnight Friday and by providing $333 billion to finance several Cabinet agencies through September. Trump has indicated he’ll sign the measure though he is not happy with it, and for a few hours Thursday he was reportedly having second thoughts. Update 4:30 p.m. EST Feb. 14: The government funding bill that includes $1.375 billion for 55 miles of border wall, passed the Senate with a 83 - 16 vote. The bill will go to the House for a final vote Thursday evening. Update 4 p.m. EST Feb. 14: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says if President Donald Trump declares a national emergency at the border he’s making an “end run around Congress.” “The President is doing an end run around the Congress and the power of the purse,” said House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who reserved the right to lead a legal challenge against any emergency declaration. Pelosi said that there is no crisis at the border with Mexico that requires a national emergency order. >> Trump's border wall: What is a national emergency? She did not say if House Democrats would legally challenge the president. But Pelosi said if Trump invokes an emergency declaration it should be met with “great unease and dismay” as an overreach of executive authority. White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters Thursday afternoon that the White House is “very prepared” for a legal challenge following the declaration of a National Emergency. Update 3:15 p.m. EST Feb. 14: Senator Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said that President Donald Trump is going to sign a border deal and at the same time issue a national emergency declaration. The compromise will keep departments running through the fiscal year but without the $5.7 billion Trump wanted for the border wall with Mexico.  The House is also expected to vote on the bill later Thursday. White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders sent a statement confirming that Trump intends to sign the bill and will issue “other executive action - including a national emergency.” An emergency declaration to shift funding from other federal priorities to the border is expected to face swift legal challenge. Update 12:40 p.m. EST Feb. 14: Trump said in a tweet Thursday that he and his team were reviewing the funding bill proposed by legislators. Congress is expected to vote Thursday on the bipartisan accord to prevent another partial federal shutdown ahead of Friday's deadline. Trump has not definitively said whether he’ll sign the bill if it passes the legislature. The bill would fund several departments, including Agriculture, Justice and State, until Sept. 30 but it includes only $1.4 billion to build new barriers on the border. Trump had asked Congress to provide $5.7 billion in funding. Update 9:55 a.m. EST Feb. 14: The more than 1,600-page compromise, made up of seven different funding bills, was unveiled early Thursday. It includes $1.4 billion to build new barriers on the border and over $1 billion to fund other border security measures. If passed, the bill would prevent a partial government shutdown like the 35-day closure that started after lawmakers failed to reach a compromise in December.  >> From Cox Media Group's Jamie Dupree: Five tidbits from the border security funding deal in Congress President Donald Trump has given mixed signals in recent days over whether he plans to sign the bill or not. He’s told reporters in recent days that a second government shutdown as federal workers continue to dig out from the last closure “would be a terrible thing.” However, Adam Kennedy, the deputy director of White House communications, told NPR that the president “doesn’t want his hands tied on border security.” 'I think the president is going to fully review the bill,' Kennedy said. 'I think he wants to review it before he signs it.' Original report: President Donald Trump is expected to sign the deal lawmakers have hammered out to avoid a second shutdown, CNN is reporting. >> From Cox Media Group’s Jamie Dupree: Trump hints at ‘national emergency’ to funnel money to border wall On Tuesday, Trump said he was “not happy” with the spending plan negotiators came up with Monday night, CNN reported. That deal includes $1.375 billion in funding for border barriers, but not a concrete wall, according to Cox Media Group Washington correspondent Jamie Dupree. “It’s not doing the trick,” Trump said, adding that he is “considering everything” when asked whether a national emergency declaration was on the table. He said that if there is another shutdown, it would be “the Democrats’ fault.” Trump also took to Twitter later Tuesday, claiming that the wall is already being built. >> See the tweet here The Associated Press contributed to this report.
  • As President Donald Trump on Friday announced a pair of executive actions and declared a national emergency to funnel more money into border security, lawmakers in both parties in Congress were left in the dark on how the Pentagon would deal with the largest part of the President’s declaration, carving $3.6 billion out of military construction projects authorized and funded by the U.S. House and Senate. “I strongly believe securing our border should not be done at the expense of previously funded military construction projects,” said Rep. Mike Turner (R-OH), whose district is home to Wright Patterson Air Force Base, which received $116 million in 2019 for construction of a new building for the National Air and Space Intelligence Center. “We certainly cannot allow him to rob our military of $3.5 billion for critical construction projects that serve our troops, support our allies, and deter our adversaries,” said Sen. Brian Schatz (D-HI). Congress approved $10.3 billion for military construction for Fiscal Year 2019, doling out money to dozens of domestic and overseas military facilities, projects which are often prized as bring-home-the-bacon items for Democrats and Republicans alike in Congress. The list of military construction projects in each year’s budget runs the gamut of military needs – from an F-35 maintenance hangar at Camp Pendleton in California, to a training facility at the Mayport Naval Base near Jacksonville, Florida, to a reserve training center at Fort Benning in Georgia, to a dry dock facility at Pearl Harbor in Hawaii, and much more. In all, military construction money was approved last fall by lawmakers for defense installations in 38 different states, and at least 14 overseas locations, some of those U.S. possessions. You can read through the list of projects from the bill here. A quick look at the list of military facilities with 2019 funding shows that many of them are located in House districts held by Republican lawmakers – who could find money for their local military project in jeopardy, as the President tries to funnel more money to his signature border wall. Democrats from around the country were quick to issue statements asking that their home state military construction projects be spared from any cuts, and challenging their GOP colleagues to do the same. Trump’s “National Emergency” strips billlions of dollars from base housing construction. Martha will you join me in opposing this farce? Who is more important the military spouses or your obedience to the President? https://t.co/Z56pZ9VRYr — Ruben Gallego (@RubenGallego) February 15, 2019 The President's unconstitutional action threatens to take money away from construction at Nellis Air Force Base, and local national security activities that keep Nevada families safe. I will support the House’s actions to restore order and protect Nevadans. — Rep. Steven Horsford (@RepHorsford) February 15, 2019 Since Trump reportedly plans to take money from existing military construction projects for his #nationalemergency, this could steal millions in approved & necessary funding away from the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard. #mepolitics My full statement on his authoritarian power grab pic.twitter.com/djQdIcHmub — Chellie Pingree (@chelliepingree) February 15, 2019 The Pentagon and the White House had no answers for reporters on Friday on which military construction projects would be put on hold, whether from the 2019 budget, or from money approved by Congress, but not yet spent from previous years. “We would be looking at lower priority military construction projects,” a senior administration official told reporters on a Friday conference call before the President’s announcement. That official – and another senior White House official on the call – both downplayed the amount of money being taken from military construction, with one saying the budget was ‘substantially’ more than the $3.6 billion being diverted by the President. But that’s not the case. “I sit on the committee that funds Military Construction,” said Rep. Tim Ryan (D-OH) tweeted on Friday. “Trump is taking $3.5 billion out of the $10 billion that’s in the account. That’s 35%.” Earlier this month, the Republican chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee specifically said his biggest concern about an emergency would be taking money out of military construction, a point Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-OK) emphasized again this week. “As I heard in a hearing yesterday, military housing and all military installations are facing disrepair and poor conditions,” Inhofe said. “We cannot afford to allow them to be further impacted.”
  • Can President Donald Trump declare a national emergency in order to fund the wall?  >> Read more trending news Here is a look at the powers that come into play when a president declares a national emergency and just what the law allows him to do. Can he do that? The president, at his or her discretion, has the authority to declare a national emergency. Historically, that authority comes from Congress, which by 1973 had enacted more than 470 statutes pertaining to the president’s authority during a national emergency.  In 1976, Congress enacted the National Emergencies Act that limited the scope of response to declared states of emergency.The act: Revoked the powers that had been granted to the president under the four states of emergency that were still active in 1976. Prescribed procedures for invoking any powers in the future. Declared that states of emergency would automatically end one year after their declaration unless the president publishes a notice of renewal in the Federal Register within 90 days of the termination date. He or she must also officially notify Congress of the renewal. Required each house of Congress meet every six months to consider a vote to end the state of emergency. The incoming chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, Adam Smith, D-Washington, agreed that Trump has the authority to declare an emergency and have the U.S. military build the wall. He said on ABC’s “This Week with George Stephanopoulos” that while Trump can do it, such an action would likely be challenged in court. >> National emergency likely to be blocked by courts, DOJ tells White House: reports “Unfortunately, the short answer is yes,” Smith said when asked if Trump has the authority to declare a national emergency and build the wall.“I think the president would be wide open to a court challenge saying, ‘Where is the emergency?’ You have to establish that in order to do this,” Smith continued. “But beyond that, this would be a terrible use of Department of Defense dollars.”What is considered a national emergency?What constitutes a national emergency is open to interpretation, but generally, it is seen as an event that threatens the security of the people of the United States. According to the Congressional Review Service, a 1934 Supreme Court majority opinion characterized an emergency in terms of “urgency and relative infrequency of occurrence as well as equivalence to a public calamity resulting from fire, flood, or like disaster not reasonably subject to anticipation.”  What powers does a president have when a national emergency is declared?Through federal law, when an emergency is declared, a variety of powers are available to the president to use. Some of those powers require very little qualification from the president for their use. The Brennan Center for Justice lists 136 special provisions that become available to a president when he declares a national emergency. A CRS report states, 'Under the powers delegated by such statutes, the president may seize property, organize and control the means of production, seize commodities, assign military forces abroad, institute martial law, seize and control all transportation and communication, regulate the operation of private enterprise, restrict travel, and, in a variety of ways, control the lives of United States citizens.” However, under the National Emergencies Act, the president must name the specific emergency power he is invoking. How can he get funds for a wall by declaring a national emergency? Where does the money come from? According to U.S. law, a president can divert funds to a federal construction project during a declared national emergency. In the case of the border wall, the money could come from the budget for the Department of Defense under something called “un-obligated” money. Under federal law, un-obligated money in the Department of Defense's budget may be used by the military to fund construction projects during war or emergencies. Department of Defense spokesman Jamie Davis said in a statement that, “To date, there is no plan to build sections of the wall. However, Congress has provided options under Title 10 U.S. Code that could permit the Department of Defense to fund border barrier projects, such as in support of counter drug operations or national emergencies.” Can Congress get around it? Congress can end a president’s call of a national emergency with a joint resolution. A joint resolution is a legislative measure that requires the approval of both the House and the Senate. The resolution is submitted, just as a bill is, to the president for his or her signature, making it a law. 

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