Plane arrives in Texas to transport Bush's body

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From there, a funeral train transports Bush to Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas, the site of the George H.W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum, where he will be laid to rest.

"America's VetDogs is deeply saddened by the loss of President @GeorgeHWBush".

The Bush's family spokesman, Jim McGrath, posted the picture of the yellow Labrador retriever called Sully on Twitter with the caption "Mission complete".

"To be honest, at one point in history, ' he said, "it would not have been exceptional to have a president who obeyed and appreciated the norms of the American system and of the presidency, who was civil, who was kind to people and who rose above petty squabbles".

Bush - only the second president to see his son follow him to the Oval Office - will be honored with four days of services and tributes in Washington and in Texas, where he will be buried on Thursday.

Trump declared December 5, as a National Day of Mourning and called on Americans "to assemble on that day in their respective places of worship to pay homage to the memory of President George H.W. Bush".

From there, a departure ceremony will be held at 10 a.m. on Wednesday before Bush's casket is transferred to the Washington National Cathedral at 11 a.m., where a funeral service will be held for family and friends. He demonstrated that in war, he demonstrated that in peace.

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He died aged 94 in Houston, Texas.

Baker said Bush's last words, in a phone conversation with son George W. Bush, were these: "I love you too".

The official schedule for memorial services to honor former President George H.W. Bush, who died on Friday evening was released on Saturday.

His time as president was marked by the end of the Cold War and the first Gulf war against Saddam Hussein.

Mr Bush was born in 1924 and was shot down in the Pacific during World War Two. He enlisted in the Navy on his 18th birthday. He then succeeded Reagan for a single term.

Soon after, he reached the height of his political popularity following the liberation of Kuwait, with public approval ratings that are the envy of today's politicians, the USA economy began to sour and voters began to believe that Bush, never a great communicator - something even he acknowledged - was out of touch with ordinary people. He lost his bid for re-election to then-Arkansas Gov. Bill Clinton, who would later become a close friend.

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