It’s been more than a decade since the nation’s capital conducted the grand and solemn ritual of bidding a final farewell to a former president.
Now Washington is caught up in elaborate preparations for the state funeral this week of George H.W. Bush, the nation’s 41st president, who died Friday at 94.
Four days of observances will showcase a complex interplay of politics and pageantry, sentiment and stateliness, public mourning and private grief before the late president — he was also a vice president, member of Congress, CIA chief, diplomat and war hero — is laid to rest.
The late president’s casket will be transported Monday from his home in Houston to Joint Base Andrews near Washington aboard the plane called Air Force One when the president is aboard. Family and staff are likely to accompany the body.
Read more at the Los Angeles Times.