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The Bush Family Gathers for George H. W. Bush's Funeral Services

Four days of memorial events have been planned for the former president.

The memorial services in honor of George H. W. Bush began in earnest Monday morning, when his casket was transported from a funeral home in Houston to Ellington Field via motorcade. A departure ceremony was subsequently held, seeing off the former president's remains as they departed for Maryland.

Several services have been planned for the subsequent days. After the casket lies in state in the U.S. Capitol Rotunda, funerals will be held in D.C. and Houston. Finally, the former president's remains will be interred at the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum late Thursday afternoon.

Members of the Bush family exit the funeral home in Houston.

Neil Bush, his wife Maria, and the late president's service dog Sully exit the funeral home before the George H.W. Bush's remains are carried out.

Bush's casket is carried into the hearse.

George H.W. Bush's remains are carried out of the funeral home and placed in a hearse, headed to Ellington Field. Members of the late president's secret service detail served as pallbearers.

The departure ceremony begins at Ellington Field.

Joint services of the military honor guard carry Bush's casket during the departure ceremony.

Sully, George H.W. Bush's former service dog, will escort his remains to D.C.

Sully become Bush's service dog earlier this year. The yellow Lab spent Sunday night lying by the late president's casket.


The late president's remains are brought onto Special Air Mission 41.

The military honor guard carries the casket onto a truck, from which the former president's casket will subsequently be loaded onto the flight. The airplane is normally known as "Air Force One," but for today, is called "Special Air Mission 41" in honor of the 41st president.

The Bush family waves goodbye as they depart for Maryland.

Former President George W. Bush and his wife Laura board Special Air Mission 41.

Special Air Mission 41 Touches Down in Maryland.

George H.W. Bush's remains are carried out of the aircraft at Joint Base Andrews, while members of his family watch.

The casket is carried into the U.S. Capitol.

George H.W. Bush's casket is carried up the steps of the Capitol.

The military honor guard nears the entrance of the U.S. Capitol.

Carrying the remains of George H.W. Bush, the pallbearers near the entrance of the building.

The former president's remains are placed in the Rotunda.

A military honor guard team places the casket in the center of the U.S. Capitol Rotunda. A crowd is gathered for a small service.

The crowd watches as the military honor guard places the casket in the Rotunda.

Several politicians, including Mitch McConnell, Paul Ryan, and Mike Pence will deliver speeches at a short service.


George W. Bush and Laura Bush watch as the remains are carried into the Rotunda.

The former president and first lady watch on as the short service begins in the U.S. Capitol.

George W. Bush embraces Nancy Pelosi.

The late president's son embraces the House Minority Leader as Vice President Pence, House Speaker Paul Ryan, former first lady Laura Bush, and former Florida Governor Jeb Bush look on in approval.

Vice President Bush and his wife Karen Pence pay their respects.

The Vice President was one of three speakers to deliver an address during the service at the Rotunda.

Paul Ryan delivers an address at the service.

The House Speaker, along with Vice President Pence and Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, gave a speech at the service. In a memorable moment, Ryan recalled one particularly touching photograph of the late president.

Supreme Court Justices pay their respects.

Justices Samuel Alito, Elena Kagan, Neil Gorsuch, Brett Kavanaugh, and former Justice Anthony Kennedy stand in front of George H.W. Bush's casket.

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