Washington Prepares To Give Final Farewell To Former President George H.W. Bush

WASHINGTON (AP) – Prayer and praise are on the agenda at the Washington National Cathedral today as the nation says a final farewell to former president George Herbert Walker Bush.

His funeral is expected to draw world envoys, the four remaining ex-presidents and President Donald Trump. Bush’s son, former President George W. Bush, will deliver the eulogy.

The ceremony late Wednesday morning will cap three days of remembrance by dignitaries and ordinary citizens alike.

The Republican president oversaw the post-Cold War transition and led a successful Gulf War, then lost re-election in a generational shift to Democrat Bill Clinton.

Joining American notables and representatives from more than a dozen countries is an electrician and fix-it man, Mike Lovejoy, who has worked at Bush’s Maine summer estate since 1990.

Bush’s remains will be returned to Houston to lie in repose before burial Thursday at his family plot on the presidential library grounds at Texas A&M University in College Station.

President Trump has also declared today a national day of mourning.

The US Postal Service is suspending regular mail deliveries today to honor George H.W. Bush. All post office locations will be closed, but there will be limited package delivery to avoid severe back-ups during this holiday season.

Financial markets and the Supreme Court will also take the day off to honor the country’s 41st president. Plus, all federal offices will be closed. Some banks and local courts around the country are closing today, as well.