How AP photographed George H.W. Bush lying in state

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Watch a livestream from Washington National Cathedral as family and friends of former President George H.W. Bush gather Wednesday for a memorial service.

The nation's capital embraced George H.W. Bush in death Monday with solemn ceremony and high tributes to his service and decency, as the remains of the 41st president took their place in the Capitol rotunda for three days of mourning and praise by the political elite and everyday citizens alike.

The White House said Saturday that President Donald Trump would declare Wednesday a national day of mourning for the country's 41st president. So, the Bush family is staying in the home while they await the elder Bush's funeral at the Washington National Cathedral Wednesday. This website is not intended for users located within the European Economic Area.

A photo of the pup lying beside the former President's casket went viral after the former president's spokesperson, Jim McGrath, tweeted it on Sunday.

Christine Dube, who lives in Vermont, but travels to DC periodically for work, said she believes Bush was from an era where people did "the right thing and you care about America and that comes first".

Trump put his hand on George W. Bush's back a couple of times.

W. Bush and first lady Laura Bush stand in front of his fathers casket as thousands of onlookers gather in the Capitol Rotunda on Tuesday Dec. 4 2018
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The gesture was marked by decades of friendship between the two politicians, both of whom served in World War II.

"Above all, though, President George H.W. Bush was a good man who treated others with kindness and respect - regardless of their politics".

One source with knowledge of the funeral arrangements told The Washington Post that Bush "wouldn't want anyone there to feel uncomfortable, including the incumbent president". Bush will lie in state there for public visitation through Wednesday.

Side by side, Democratic and Republican leaders laid floral red, white and blue wreaths around the casket of Bush, the 32nd American and the 12th president to lie in state in the Capitol Rotunda.

Mary Kasper, of Arlington, Virginia, said she was working overseas in London during the first Gulf War, deemed an unqualified success on Mr. Bush's watch.

He graduated from Yale in 1948 with a degree in economics. Dole was a member of the U.S. Army while Bush was a U.S. Navy pilot.

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