HOUSTON - A final funeral will be held in Texas on Thursday for former President George H.W. Bush after a Washington funeral on Wednesday.
You can watch live coverage of the funeral in Houston here on ClickOnDetroit.com starting around 11 a.m. EST (10 a.m. CST)
Here is the Thursday schedule (All times in CST):
- Thursday, December 6, 10:00 a.m. CST Funeral Service St. Martin’s Episcopal Church
- Thursday, December 6, 11:15 a.m. CST Departure Ceremony St. Martin’s Episcopal Church
- Thursday, December 6, 12:30 p.m. CST Departure Ceremony Union Pacific Railroad Westfield Auto Facility
- Thursday, December 6, 3:45 p.m. CST Arrival Ceremony Texas A&M University
- Thursday, December 6, 4:15 p.m. CST Arrival and Interment George Bush Presidential Library & Museum
Among those in attendance are: Jim McIngvale, better known as Mattress Mack; Texans defensive end J.J. Watt; former Astros first baseman Jeff Bagwell and movie star and former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.
James Baker, who served as secretary of state during the Bush administration, and Bush’s grandson, George Prescott Bush, will eulogize the late president.
Country singer Reba McEntire and The Oak Ridge boys will also perform during the funeral.
Bush saluted with praise, humor, cannons at capital farewell
George H.W. Bush was celebrated with high praise and loving humor Wednesday as the nation bade farewell to the man who was America’s 41st president and the last to fight for the U.S. in wartime. Three former presidents looked on at Washington National Cathedral as a fourth — George W. Bush — eulogized his dad.
“To us,” the son said of the father, “his was the brightest of a thousand points of light.”
After three days of funeral events in Washington, Bush was headed home to Texas for more ceremony and then his burial Thursday. After the cathedral service, the hearse and a long motorcade drove to the National Mall to pass by the World War II Memorial, a nod to the late president’s service as a World War II Navy pilot, then arrived at Joint Base Andrews.
Cannon roared again, “Hail to the Chief” was played for Bush for a final time in the capital and the plane with his casket and Bush family members aboard took off for Houston. He died Friday at age 94.
George W. Bush broke down briefly at the end of his eulogy while invoking the daughter his parents lost when she was 3 and his mother, Barbara, who died in April. He took comfort in knowing “Dad is hugging Robin and holding Mom’s hand again.”
For all the somber tributes to the late president’s public service and strength of character, laughter filled the cathedral time after time. The late president’s eulogists — son included — noted Bush’s tendency to tangle his words and show his goofy side.
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