George HW Bush flies back to capital for final salute

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Trump ordered the federal government to close during the official funeral at the Washington National Cathedral.

The 41st president died late Friday at his Houston home at age 94.

Bush is the 12th USA president to lie in state in the rotunda.

House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., remembered volunteering for Bush's 1988 presidential campaign, including handing out literature at ballgames and at '"the Rock County 4-H fair".

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After a funeral route that will take the late President by plane from Houston to Washington D.C. and back again, a Union Pacific train led by a locomotive dubbed the "Bush 4141" will carry him to the George H.W. Bush Presidential Library in College Station, Texas.

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Bush was being transported aboard the presidential Boeing 747 - made available at Trump´s direction - from Houston to Joint Base Andrews, in Maryland.

The Bush 4141 is a rare locomotive that was commissioned to honor the former president in 2005.

Former Sen. Bob Dole salutes the flag-draped casket containing the remains of former President George H.W. Bush on Tuesday. President Trump has declared Wednesday a national day of mourning, so no mail will be delivered.

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In his lifetime of service in between, he served two terms as vice president to President Ronald Reagan, was a two-term congressman, United Nations ambassador, head of the Republican Party, envoy to China and director of the Central Intelligence Agency.

George W Bush and others from the family travelled on the flight from Houston.

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"We'll be spending three days of mourning and three days of celebrating a really great man's life", Trump said about Bush's funeral while in Argentina this weekend attending the G20 summit. The New York Stock Exchange and Nasdaq will also be closed.

US traders also observed a moment of silence before markets opened on Monday in honor of Bush.

Bush will be buried next to his wife Barbara, who died in April, and their daughter Robin, who died of leukemia at age three. He'll be seated in the front row alongside former presidents Barack Obama, Bill Clinton, and Jimmy Carter.

In March, the former president tweeted a photo of himself wearing a brightly colored pair of "Down Syndrome Super Hero" socks sent to him by John Cronin, a 22-year-old NY man with Down syndrome who with his father runs an online business selling socks. He joined the Navy when he turned 18.

Shortly before leaving the service, he married 19-year-old Barbara Pierce, and forged the longest presidential marriage in USA history. He was elected to the first of two terms in Congress in 1967.

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

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Bush never warmed to Trump, and he had let it be known that he did not vote for him in 2016.