'Mission complete': Bush's service dog lies by casket

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But his political legacy would continue years later through his son, George W. Bush, who became the 43rd president of the United States.

The 41st president died on Friday at his home in Houston.

After services in Washington, there will be another funeral in Houston on Thursday followed by burial at the Bush Presidential Library in College Station, Texas.

Trump proclaimed Wednesday a national day of mourning and ordered all executive offices and agencies of the government to close.

Although Bush's funeral services are suffused with the flourishes accorded presidents, by his choice they will not include a formal funeral procession through downtown Washington.

Bush spokesman Jim McGrath tweeted Monday that Bush will be laid to rest wearing gray socks honoring his days as a naval aviator.

Current president Donald Trump will attend the funeral with most of the remaining living presidents, despite having frost relations with all. Picked up by Ronald Reagan to be his vice president in 1980, Bush eventually succeeded Reagan in 1988, easily defeating his Democratic opponent Michael Dukakis in a landslide victory.

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Following a departure ceremony at 12:30 p.m., the casket bearing the former president will be moved to Joint Base Andrews, Maryland, and flown back to Ellington Field, before being transported to St. Martin's Episcopal Church in Houston.

According to CNN, the Bush family named Sully after former airline pilot Chelsey "Sully" Sullenberger III who, in 2009, landed a damaged passenger airplane into the Hudson River and saved all passengers and crew members on board.

Although Sully has only been with the family for the past seven months following the death of Bush's beloved wife Barbara, the labrador made a huge impact on all he met. Bush's presidency - victory in the first Persian Gulf War and success in bringing the Cold War to a peaceful end - came because he resisted popular pressure to take the politically expedient route.

"He knew what combat was all about", Powell said on "This Week". Sully helped Bush Snr carry out everyday tasks including opening doors, picking up items and even on occasions attempting to answer the phone.

"We're going to heaven", Baker said.

Democratic Rep. Nancy Pelosi, past and incoming House speaker, exchanged a warm hug with George W. Bush and came away dabbing her face.

Bush replied: "Good, that's where I want to go".

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