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A full schedule of George H.W. Bush’s memorial events, funeral

Friends, family and members of the public are gathering across the country this week to remember former President George H.W. Bush.

The Texas Republican, who served as the 41st U.S. president from 1989 to 1993, died Friday at age 94. Bush is survived by five children, including former president George Bush and former Florida governor and presidential candidate Jeb Bush, and 17 grandchildren.

Bush’s body was flown to Washington, D.C., on Monday. He will lie in state in the U.S. Capitol Rotunda until Wednesday, when a funeral is planned at the Washington National Cathedral. Afterward, Bush’s remains will be transported back to Houston to be buried in the family plot, alongside his wife and former first lady Barbara Bush, who died in April. Bush will also be laid to rest next to Robin Bush, the family’s 3-year-old daughter Pauline Robinson Bush, who died of leukemia 65 years ago.

Here is a schedule of the events following Bush’s death. The PBS NewsHour will live stream the events across the next three days:

Tuesday, Dec. 4

Bush will lie in state all day. Watch in the player below.

Wednesday, Dec. 5

George H.W. Bush’s funeral service will be held at the Washington National Cathedral. The service begins at 10 a.m. ET. Watch in the player below.

Eulogists scheduled to appear include:

  • Jon Meacham, presidential biographer
  • Brian Mulroney, former Canadian prime minister
  • Alan K. Simpson, former Wyoming senator
  • George W. Bush, son and former president

Readers include: Lauren Bush Lauren, Ashley Walker Bush and Jenna Bush Hager. The service will also be conducted by the Rev. Dr. Russell Levenson, the Bush family’s pastor.

Read the full program of events for the service here.

After the funeral, Bush’s remains will be transported back to Texas. Bush will then lie in repose at the family’s church in Houston. Here’s how Wednesday will unfold:

  • 10 a.m. ET — Departure ceremony at U.S. Capitol. There will be a motorcade that transports Bush to Washington National Cathedral for a state funeral.
  • 11 a.m. ET — Arrival and funeral at Washington National Cathedral.
  • 12:30 p.m. ET — Funeral ends. Departure ceremony at the cathedral.
  • 1:15 p.m. ET — Departure ceremony from Joint Base Andrews in Maryland.
  • 5:30 p.m. ET — Arrival ceremony at Houston’s Ellington Field.
  • 6:45 p.m. ET — Arrival Ceremony at St. Martin’s Episcopal Church in Houston.
  • 7:45 p.m. ET — Lying in repose at St. Martin’s.

Thursday, Dec. 6

George H.W. Bush’s Texas funeral service will be held at St. Martin’s Episcopal Church in Houston. The service begins at 11 a.m. ET. Watch live in the player below.

  • 11 a.m. ET — Funeral service at St. Martin’s Episcopal Church in Houston.
  • 12:15 p.m. ET — Departure ceremony at the church.
  • 1:30 p.m. ET — A train carrying Bush’s body will depart from the Union Pacific Railroad Westfield Auto Facility. Texans will be able to pay their respects as the train makes the journey — an estimated two hours and 25 minutes — from Spring, Texas to College Station, Texas.
  • 4:45 p.m. ET — The train is expected to arrive at Texas A&M University.
  • 5:15 p.m. — Arrival and interment at the George H.W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum in College Station, Texas.

Friends and fellow statesmen surrounded a casket draped with the U.S. flag in a brief ceremony Monday before the public viewing. The former president was eulogized by both Vice President Mike Pence and House Speaker Paul Ryan, among other politicians.

Ryan recalled how Bush earned his first vote as a young man, adding that the former president was a “great patriot.”


Video by Associated Press

President Donald Trump, who was not present for the hourlong tribute with the other leaders, arrived later with first lady Melania Trump to pay respects. Trump saluted the casket.


Trump salutes Bush’s casket, which is lying in state in the Capitol Rotunda until Wednesday. Video by the PBS NewsHour

WATCH: Remembering George H.W. Bush, 41st president

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