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Bush, president and servant-statesman, laid to rest

0 month ago, 07-Dec-2018


The flag-draped casket of Bush is carried by a joint services military honour guard for burial at the George H W Bush Presidential Library and Museum in College Station, Texas. Reuters photo

COLLEGE STATION, US: Former US president George H W Bush, remembered as much for his legacy of service as his impact on history, was buried Thursday, capping days of tribute from a nation that briefly set aside political divisions to honour him.

After a state funeral Wednesday in Washington that was attended by the countrys five living presidents and foreign dignitaries, Bushs flag-draped casket was flown to Texas for a final farewell.

A compassionate national spotlight had shone on Bushs passing and the memorial proceedings throughout this week.

But his burial at Bushs presidential library centre in College Station, Texas alongside Barbara, his wife of 73 years, and their daughter Robin who died of leukemia at age 3 was a private family service.

The 41st President of the United States of America, George Herbert Walker Bush, has reached his final resting place, family spokesman Jim McGrath posted on Twitter.

Bush, who died Friday at age 94, lay in repose at St Martins Episcopal Church in Houston, where he was eulogised at a final memorial service by close friend James Baker, who served as his secretary of state.

His incredible service to our nation and the world are already etched in the marble of time, Baker said, highlighting the sense of duty, service, and personal grace that drove Bush.

Fighting through tears, the 88-year-old Baker recalled how Bushs deeds expressed his moral character, and they reflected his decency, his boundless kindness and consideration of others, his determination always to do the right thing.

Son George W Bush, the nations 43rd president, appeared somber at his wife Lauras side, and stood ramrod straight as military pallbearers carried the casket from the Houston church to a waiting hearse.

It was then placed on a train with a locomotive painted in the colors and pattern of Air Force One, the presidential jet for the final journey to the presidential library, part of a precise series of ritualised events.

Bush was a decorated World War II aviator who nearly died when he was shot down on a bombing mission.

He served as a congressman, envoy to China and to the United Nations, director of the Central Intelligence Agency, and vice president to Ronald Reagan before winning the White House. AFP

 



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