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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.

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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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  • It's underway all summer. The Blue Star Museums 2019 program has kicked off, allowing the nation's active-duty military personnel and their families, including National Guard and Reserve, to visit participating museums free of charge.  The 2019 program officially started on Saturday, May 18th, which is Armed Forces Day, and will run through Labor Day on Monday, September, 2nd.  Locally, military families will be able to visit the following museums free of charge:  Jacksonville  -Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens  -Mandarin Museum & Historical Society  -MOCA Jacksonville  -Ritz Theatre & LaVilla Museum  Jacksonville Beach  -Beaches Museum  St. Augustine  -Lightner Museum  -St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum  To find museums outside of Northeast Florida, click HERE. The Blue Star Museums program is a collaboration among the National Endowment for Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and participating museums.
  • A judge sentenced the man who admitted to killing a Wisconsin couple last year before holding their 13-year-old daughter captive for three months to life in prison without the possibility of supervised release. >> Read more trending news Jake Thomas Patterson, 21, appeared before a Barron County judge for sentencing in the killing of James and Denise Closs and the kidnapping of their daughter, Jayme, according to the Duluth News Tribune. He pleaded guilty in March to two counts of intentional homicide for gunning down James Closs, 56, and Denise Closs, 46, in the early morning hours of Oct. 15. He also pleaded guilty to one count of kidnapping for abducting Jayme. >> Man pleads guilty to kidnapping Wisconsin teen Jayme Closs, killing her parents Update 4:30 p.m. EDT May 24: A judge sentenced Patterson to life in prison without the possibility of parole for each of the intentional homicide charges to which Patterson pleaded guilty. The judge also gave Patterson the maximum sentence -- 40 years -- for kidnapping Jayme. Update 4:20 p.m. EDT May 24: In a brief, tearful statement in court, Patterson said he “would do like, absolutely anything to take back what I did.” “I would die,” he said. “I would.” Patterson’s attorneys asked a judge to sentence him to life in prison without the possibility of parole until 2072 for the killings of James and Denise Closs. The sentencing hearing is ongoing. Update 3:30 p.m. EDT May 24: In a statement read by an attorney Friday in court, Jayme said Patterson took many things from her but that, “He can never take my spirit away.” “He thought he could make me like him, but he was wrong,” she said. “He can’t stop me from being happy and moving forward with my life. I will go on to do great things in my life, and he will not. Jake Patterson will never have any power over me.” Chris Gramstrup, an attorney representing Jayme, read the victim impact statement in court. “He stole my parents from me,” Jayme said in the statement. “He stole almost everything I loved from me. For 88 days, he tried to steal me, and he didn’t care who he hurt or who he killed to do that. He should stay locked up forever.” Prosecutors said Jayme and her mother heard Patterson shoot and kill James Closs as they huddled together in a bathtub. Denise Closs called 911 as Patterson tried to batter down the bathroom door. Once he broke down the door, he wrestled the phone from Denise Closs and ordered her to tape Jayme’s mouth, hands and feet, prosecutors said. He told authorities that he thought she was doing a bad job, so he put down his shotgun to do it himself. Once Jayme was restrained, authorities said he picked up his shotgun again and, with Jayme feet from her mother, shot Denise Closs in the head. He then dragged Jayme to his car, threw her in the trunk and drove her to his home, where she was held captive for 88 days. Through Gramstrup, Jayme said her parents “did all they could to make me happy and protect me.” “He took them away from me forever,” Jayme said. “I felt safe in my home and I love my room and all of my belongings. He took all of that too. I don’t want to even see my home or my stuff because of the memory of that night. My parents and my home were the most important things in my life.” She said that since her escape in January, “It’s too hard for me to go out in public.” “I get scared and I get anxious,” she said. Prosecutors said Jayme escaped from Patterson’s home Jan. 10 after he left her alone. Original report: Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald said members of Jayme’s family are expected to give statements at Friday’s hearing, MPR News reported. The court proceeding is expected to last several hours, according to CNN. Under Wisconsin law, Patterson will face a mandatory life sentence for each of the homicide convictions, the Duluth News Tribune reported. The main question for Friday will be whether Patterson will eventually be eligible for parole, according to the newspaper. >> Who is Jake Thomas Patterson? Suspect in Jayme Closs kidnapping identified Authorities said Patterson admitted to targeting Jayme after seeing her get on a school bus while he was driving home from work one day. He told investigators he did not know the Closses before the attack. Jayme told authorities she woke early on the morning of Oct. 15 when the family dog started barking. She woke her parents and then hid with her mother in a bathroom. Investigators said Patterson shot and killed James Closs before he found Jayme and Denise Closs in the bathroom. >> Jayme Closs kidnapping: Suspect charged in Closs murders, bail set at $5 million Jayme said Patterson killed her mother before dragging her to his car and driving her to what would turn out to be his home in Douglas County. He was arrested after Jayme escaped Jan. 10 from his home and flagged down a woman walking her dog. >> Jayme Closs to be given $25K reward after she saved herself from accused kidnapper Jayme told investigators Patterson made her hide under the bed in his bedroom for as many as 12 hours at a time without food, water or bathroom breaks. She escaped after Patterson left her alone in the home 88 days after he first abducted her. Jayme is living with her aunt and uncle, the Stevens Point Journal reported.
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  • House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler said he was OK on Friday after he appeared to nearly faint during a news conference in New York City. >> Read more trending news Nadler, D-N.Y., was appearing Friday at a news conference about plans to expand the city’s use of speed cameras in school zones when New York Mayor Bill de Blasio appeared to notice he looked pale, WABC-TV reported. Video from the news conference showed Nadler looking ill and weak as the mayor asked him if he wanted some water.  The New York Daily News reported that paramedics called a code blue emergency after Nadler appeared to suffer from a brief dizzy spell. He was given water and an orange and later taken by ambulance to Lenox Hill Hospital, according to the Daily News. “Appreciate everyone’s concern,” Nadler said in a statement posted later Friday on Twitter. “Was very warm in the room this morning, was obviously dehydrated and felt a bit ill. Glad to receive fluids and am feeling much better. Thank you for your thoughts.”
  • A Colorado man arrested in Utah earlier this year for threatening to “kill as many girls as (he saw)” has been sentenced to serve up to five years in prison, despite prosecutors’ recommendation that he serve probation.  Christopher Wayne Cleary, 27, of Denver, pleaded guilty to a charge of attempt to make a terroristic threat as part of a plea deal with Utah County prosecutors, according to The Deseret News. Cleary, who was arrested in Provo in January, was already on probation in Colorado on two previous convictions of stalking women, the newspaper reported.  Cleary expressed remorse over his words. “I’m just sorry for what happened,” Cleary told the court, according to the News.  Prosecutors in Utah negotiated a plea deal with Cleary for a third-degree felony charge instead of the second-degree felony with which he was initially charged, the News reported. In exchange for his plea -- which would let them secure a felony conviction -- they agreed to recommend no jail time. The plea bargain was aimed at helping Colorado authorities send Cleary to prison for violating his probation in the stalking cases, the News reported.  >> Related story: Man upset over not having girlfriend accused of mass shooting threat to girls Fourth District Judge Christine Johnson on Thursday declined to take the state up on its recommendation, citing her uncertainty of whether Cleary would serve any jail time for probation violation in Colorado, the newspaper said. “I don’t want to be in the position of guessing what Colorado is going to do,” Johnson said during Cleary’s sentencing hearing.  Cleary was arrested Jan. 19, the same day multiple women’s marches were being held in Utah and throughout the country, based on an alarming Facebook post he wrote the night before, the News said. In the post, he bemoaned his lack of romantic prospects and, like several mass shooters who have targeted women, blamed the opposite sex for his plight. “All I wanted was a girlfriend,” Cleary wrote, according to a police affidavit obtained by The Denver Post. “All I wanted was to be loved, yet no one cares about me. I’m 27 years old and I’ve never had a girlfriend before, and I’m still a virgin. This is why I’m planning on shooting up a public place soon and being the next mass shooter ‘cause I’m ready to die and all the girls the turned me down is going to make it right by killing as many girls as I see.” Another post stated, “There’s nothing more dangerous than (a) man ready to die,” the Post reported.  Cleary’s threats alarmed state and federal authorities in Colorado and neighboring Utah, where they traced his cellphone the following day. He was arrested at a McDonald’s in Provo and charged with making a terroristic threat.  Following his arrest, Cleary told investigators he was “upset and not thinking clearly” when he wrote the Facebook posts. According to the Post, he deleted the threats after other people called him and threatened him. Court records obtained by multiple newspapers paint a disturbing portrait of Cleary, who was accused of stalking and harassment by at least eight women and girls dating back at least seven years. The News reported that Cleary was also accused of threatening to bomb a grocery store in 2013 and threatened to commit a mass shooting at a mental health facility in 2016.  >> Read more trending news An 18-year-old Arvada woman called police on New Year’s Eve 2015 and reported that Cleary, with whom she’d been chatting on Facebook, began harassing her online and over the phone after she declined to go on a date with him. According to the Post, the woman told detectives he would use aliases, including one alias on Facebook named John Coleman. “I’ve been watching you,” the person claiming to be Coleman wrote to her on Facebook. “Soon here, you’ll be lying in your deathbed.” During that investigation, Arvada detectives found details of a previous criminal investigation in which Cleary told another woman who spurned his advances she should kill herself, the Post reported. He also posted her name and phone number in an online sex ad, offering her services for $20, court records show. In a prior misdemeanor harassment case from earlier in 2015, Cleary was convicted after talking a woman into posing naked for him and then posting the picture to a fake Facebook page in her name, the newspaper reported.  A harassment case from Denver found Cleary accused of writing threatening messages to a 17-year-old girl, including a message that said, “I own multipul (sic) guns. I can have u dead in a second. One day I’ma snap and kill everyone,” according to court documents. A second Denver case involved a 19-year-old woman who said she lived with Cleary in a hotel room for two weeks, during which time he choked her and urinated on her, the court documents said.  Cleary was convicted in October 2016 on two counts of stalking and harassment involving two of the three alleged victims in Arvada, the Post said. He was sentenced to two years of probation.  Cleary was arrested in yet another stalking case less than a year later. A 43-year-old Lakewood woman who had dated him called 911 Aug. 5, 2017, to report Cleary was stalking her. He was arrested outside the woman’s house. According to the Post, Cleary told investigators the woman was the only person who loved him and he was lonely without her. The woman told police she and Cleary had a sexual relationship -- contradicting Cleary’s claim earlier this year that he was a virgin. The victim told police Cleary, who began stalking her when she broke off the relationship, had called her 45 times that day, threatening her and telling her he hoped she would die.  “I am going to burn your house down,” Cleary told her, according to court records. “I am going to send people to your house to kill you.” Cleary also posted her phone number and address on Craigslist “soliciting sexual acts and rape,” according to a probable cause statement in the case. The woman said she’d received multiple phone calls from strangers due to the ad. The woman told police she lost 20 pounds and began having nightmares and anxiety attacks because of the stalking, the Post reported.  Cleary pleaded guilty to charges of felony stalking and making threats, the newspaper said. A judge in Jefferson County sentenced him last May to three years of probation.  Despite having violated his probation on the Arvada cases, he was not jailed following his guilty plea in the case involving the Lakewood woman, the Post reported. Pam Russell, a spokeswoman for the Jefferson County District Attorney’s Office, said Cleary’s mental health played a part in his sentencing in that case, as well as in his 2016 stalking conviction, which was handled in Adult Mental Health Court.  “The courts decided to let his mental health issues be a big component of his treatment,” Russell told the Post.  Cleary’s defense attorney in the most recent case, Dustin Parmley, said this week that his client’s violent words are related to his mental illness, which he was reportedly diagnosed with at age 10. Cleary told investigators he takes medication for an impulse control disorder.  Parmley said Cleary’s words have never turned to action. Investigators found no evidence that Cleary had weapons or attempted to obtain any, the Post said.  The newspaper reported that four of the criminal investigations into Cleary ended without charges filed against him.  Cleary will serve his time in Utah before being transferred to Colorado to face probation violation charges there, the News reported. An official with the Utah Board of Pardons and Parole told the paper his earliest hearing could take place as soon as September. The News said the board could potentially set a release date at that time, or members could decide to keep him in prison. Cleary could serve the entire five years of his sentence before being returned to Colorado. 

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