George H.W. The grandsons of Bush carry his coffin in the church of Houston for the funeral of the 41st president
President George H.W. Bush's extensive state funeral began in Houston on Thursday, with the second imposing ecclesiastical monument in two days – and his grandsons served as honorary pallbearers. About 1,000 guests in the St. Martin's Episcopal Church were members of the 41st President's family, Houston athletes and citizenship leaders who knew him as a service-minded American who invested more than four decades in bringing together the values of his family with America. The awe-inspiring burial at the National Cathedral in Washington was an unapologetic display of patriotic symbolism, with military escorts and flags of the 50 American states flying above the length of the center aisle. A church service a day later in a no less imposing space with only two flags: the stars and stripes draped over the box of Bush and worn for it. The church choir brought & # 39; This is My Country & # 39; as an worship song and the national anthem with pipe organ and soprano descendant. & America; America the Beautiful & # 39; was sung as a congregational hymn.
President George H.W. Bush's extensive state funeral began in Houston on Thursday, with the second imposing church memorial in two days
Former President George W. Bush stood next to his wife Laura and Jeb Bush on the funeral service for his father George H.W. Bush on Thursday morning in the Episcopal St. Martin Church in Houston
On Wednesday, George W. Bush gave a touching and tearful eulogy for his father in Washington D.C.
Members of the Bush dynasty, including Jenna Bush Hager and Lauren Bush Lauren, attend the funeral of their grandfather
President George H.W. The grandsons of Bush served as his bearers at his funeral service in Houston
James Baker, an old trusted Bush confidant who served him as Chief of Staff of the White House and Secretary of State, praised him, along with George P. Bush, the grandson of the late president – a Texas state commissioner with a clear political future
About 1,000 guests in the St. Martin's Episcopal Church were members of the 41st President's family, Houston athletes and citizenship leaders who knew him as a service-minded American who invested more than four decades in bringing together the values of his family with America & # 39; s
Guests are looking for a funeral for former President George H.W. Bush on St. Martin's Episcopal Church on Thursday morning And while the musical center of the Wednesday was known as tenor Ronan Tynan who sang a showstopper based on speeches by Abraham Lincoln, the service in Texas showed the Oakridge Boys who & # 39 ; Amazing Grace & # 39; sang and a version of The Lord's Prayer performed by country star Reba McIntyre. James Baker, an old confidant of Bush who served him as Chief of Staff of the White House and Secretary of State, would echo him along with George P. Bush, the grandson of the late president – a Texas state commissioner with a bright political future Barbara Pierce Bush, one of the twin daughters of the former president George W. Bush, read the 23rd psalm, along with two of the other granddaughters of the late older George Bush, Elizabeth Dwen Andrews and Noelle Lucila Bush. Noelle is the daughter of the former governor of Florida. Jeb Bush, the brother of George W. Marshall Lloyd Bush, the adopted daughter of their brother Marvin, read from the Old Testament. After the funeral in the church, his coffin is taken by train 70 miles from Houston to Texas A & M in a passenger car with a bright side coming from the golden age of the railways. The locomotive with his body was painted to resemble Air Force One, and Bush joked that if he had been in the neighborhood during his presidency, he might have preferred to have been on the rails rather than going to air. "Maybe I left Air Force One behind me," Bush joked at the unveiling of 4141 in 2005, a blue and gray locomotive commissioned by the 41st president and unveiled at Texas A & M University.
Country music singer Reba McEntire was also in service. Last week, Instagram posted several photo's on Instagram as a tribute to the 41st president, in which he said he was a good friend & # 39; was and that he & # 39; a great life & # 39; had
Also there for the funeral in the church where Bush and his deceased wife Barbara 50 years worshiped Arnold Schwarzenegger (fourth from right)
Houston J. J. Watt of Houston Texans attends a funeral for former President George H.W. Bush
Former NBA basketball player Yao Ming attended the funeral service on Thursday
After the funeral, Bush's box will travel by train from Houston to Texas A & M, crossing five small towns marking his last journey to his resting place.
George H.W. Bush has started his last journey today, because his coffin is taken by train 70 miles from Houston to Texas A & M in a passenger car with a bright sidewall from the golden age of the railways. The locomotive of the train was named 4141 and was painted to resemble Air Force One Today. That same machine with 4,300 hp will carry Bush's coffin, along with relatives and close friends, about 70 miles. The journey through five small cities in Texas is expected to take about two and a half hours. He will take the box from Houston suburb to College Station. The sixth car of the train, a converted baggage car called Council Bluffs, is equipped with transparent sides to allow grieving people to determine the views of the draped coffin of Bush flag. There, a motor-cyclist takes Bush to his presidential library at the university, where he will rest at a private ceremony next to his wife, Barbara, who died in April, and his daughter Robin, who died at the age of 3 in 1953 Bush, who barely escaped death as a sailor who was shot down by the Japanese troops across the Pacific in World War II, will be buried with military honor, including a viaduct of 21 US Navy aircraft. Bush's funeral train will be the eighth in US history and the first since the body of Dwight D. Eisenhower traveled 49 years ago from the National Cathedral in Washington through seven states to his Abilene hometown in Kansas. Abraham Lincoln's mourning train was the first, in 1865. Robert F. Kennedy was never president, but he ran for the White House when he was murdered in Los Angeles in 1968.
The Bush coffin was taken to the Episcopal Church of St. Martin on Wednesday night after his state funeral in Washington D. C. Bush and his wife, Barbara, had been worshiped in the Church for over 50 years. It is our turn to show our respect and our support if our congregation, as well as our nation, regret this loss & # 39 ;, reads a message on the church website
Bush, who died last week at his home in Houston at the age of 94, was praised Wednesday at a funeral service in the National Cathedral. By night, his coffin was in St. Martin's Episcopal Church in Houston. Pictured: George H.W. Bush & # 39; s son George W. Bush touches the flag-draped chest of his father after having spoken on Wednesday during his state funeral