Washington's political elite paid tribute to former US President George H.W. Bush as his body lay in state in the Capitol on Monday, evoking a bygone era of bipartisan civility in American politics.
Trump has proclaimed Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018, as a National Day of Mourning in remembrance of former President George H.W. Bush.
A Connecticut Yankee from a wealthy family who moved to Texas to be an oilman, Bush has been eulogized as a president with a keen sense of civility and duty.
The honorary pallbearers in Washington - for both Bush's entry into the Rotunda and the National Cathedral - will be Navy captains and admirals who have commanded the USS George H.W. Bush and members of the carrier strike group. Senator John Barrasso accompanied the Trumps into the rotunda, where the public will be able to pay their respects to the late president until his funeral on Wednesday.
Bush served two terms as vice president under Republican President Ronald Reagan before his own stint in the Oval Office from 1989 to 1993, a time that saw the end of the Cold War as well as the U.S. routing of Iraqi President Saddam Hussein's army in the 1991 Gulf War.
House Speaker Paul Ryan alluded to that political setback in his Capitol remarks and said Bush handled defeat with grace. Trump himself has criticized the elder Bush on the campaign trail.
Cannon fire roared again outside the Capitol as the sun sank and the younger President Bush stood with his hand over his heart, watching the casket's procession up the steps.
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. Many have also heralded Bush's 73-year marriage to his wife, Barbara Bush, who died months before her husband in April 2018.
A humble hero of World War II, Bush was just 20 when he survived being shot down during a bombing run over a Japanese island.
Shortly before leaving the service, he married his 19-year-old sweetheart, Barbara Pierce, and forged the longest presidential marriage in USA history.
University of Arkansas Mailing Services will be open and will deliver and pickup mail. He was elected to the first of two terms in Congress in 1967.
Hundreds of members of the public began quietly filing into the Capitol late Monday to pay their final respects.