Good boy: Sully the service dog visits Bush's casket

George HW Bush Remembered Locally

George HW Bush Remembered Locally

United States President Donald Trump will be in attendance at former President George H.W. Bush's funeral service on Wednesday (local time), although he will not deliver a eulogy.

A special member of the Bush family saluted President George H.W. Bush Tuesday, after stealing the show during the Monday's ceremonies honoring the president.

The former president's body is due to lie in state this week ahead of a day of national mourning.

Trained to assist U.S. army veterans as part of the VetDogs programme, Sully was joined by several army veterans - some of who were in wheelchairs from injuries incurred during their time in action - and one of the late president's sons, Neil Bush.

While in the White House, the Bush's presidential pets were Millie, a springer spaniel, and later one of Millie's puppies, named Ranger. Former President George W. Bush and his wife greeted the Trumps outside before everyone went in for the private, 20-minute visit.

They were joined by former Secretary of State Colin Powell, who led the U.S. military during the 1991 Gulf War, as well as USA generals from that campaign against Iraq.

On Thursday, Bush's casket will travel back to Houston, where he will be memorialized at St. Martin's Episcopal Church and eulogized by his grandson, Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush, and former Secretary of State James Baker, a man who has been by Bush's side since the former president's failed 1970 Senate campaign in Texas.

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The former President passed away in Houston on the night of November 30 at the age of 94.

Like Bush, Dole is a World War II veteran.

House Speaker Paul Ryan alluded to that political setback in his Capitol remarks and said Bush handled defeat with grace.

The CIA also honored Bush, the only spy chief to become president, as three agency directors past and present joined the public in the viewing.

National flags flew at half-staff on many foreign diplomatic buildings on Washington's "Embassy Row", past which Bush's coffin will be transported on its way to the Washington National Cathedral for a memorial service on Wednesday. Bush enrolled at Yale University after military service, becoming a scholar-athlete and captaining the baseball team to two College World Series before graduating Phi Beta Kappa after just 2½ years.

Soon after he reached the height of his political popularity following the liberation of Kuwait, with public approval ratings that are the envy of today's politicians, the US economy began to sour and voters began to believe that Bush, never a great communicator - something even he acknowledged - was out of touch with ordinary people.

"Who would have thought that I would be working with Bill Clinton of all people?" he joked in 2005.

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