George HW Bush's Service Dog Sully Pictured By Coffin

Photo of George HW Bush's service dog mourning at his casket pulls the internet's heartstrings

"It was gracious of him to call", Bush said of Trump, his former rival.

The funeral train will include UP No. 4141 George Bush Locomotive, which was unveiled October 18, 2005, during a ceremony near the library and museum on the Texas A&M University campus.

Sully will reportedly be traveling with the former President's casket on his flight to Washington, D.C. on Monday.

Wreaths were placed at the casket by congressional leaders from both parties, as the Bush family, including former President George W. Bush looked on.

President Donald Trump will not speak at the funeral, sources with knowledge of the plans tell CNN, but has said that he will attend Wednesday's memorial.

Late Sunday, the Bush family spokesperson shared a photo on social media of the two-year-old yellow Labrador retriever next to Bush's casket. Presidents are traditionally asked to eulogize presidents who have died - and in past state events like this, that has been the case - but the Bush family is unlike any other and has another president in the family who will fill that role.

The casket will be accompanied to Joint Base Andrews, outside Washington, by the 43rd president, Bush's son George W Bush; his wife, Laura; his brother Neil Bush and his family. His final resting place will be alongside Barbara Bush, his wife of 73 years who died in April at the age of 92, and Robin Bush, the daughter they lost to leukemia in 1953 at age three.

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Following the funeral in Washington, Bush's casket will be returned to Houston, where a private service is scheduled for Thursday. The train will take about 2½ hours to travel roughly 70 miles to the city of College Station, home to Bush's presidential library at Texas A&M University.

Later, he will lie in state at the U.S. Capitol.

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said in a statement Wednesday has been designated as a national day of mourning, and that the White House flags have already been lowered to half staff to honor Bush.

A humble hero of World War II, Bush was 20 when he survived being shot down during a bombing run over Japan. He had joined the Navy when he turned 18. "Thank you for your service, Mr. President". He was elected to the first of two terms in Congress in 1967.

The photo touched the hearts of many Twitter users.

Bush visits a tent camp for quake survivors on the outskirts of Islamabad, Pakistan, in 2006.

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