The Latest: Hearse carrying Bush casket leaves funeral home
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on events related to late former President George H.W. Bush (all times local):
A hearse carrying the casket of former President George H.W. Bush has left a Houston funeral home.
The casket was draped in an American flag and was carried by six pallbearers on Monday morning. It was placed into a hearse headed to Houston’s Ellington Field, where a presidential aircraft waited to carry Bush’s body to Washington for a state funeral.
The hearse was part of a motorcade escorted by Houston police officers on motorcycles.
Bush died Friday in Houston at age 94.
A spokeswoman confirms former President Jimmy Carter plans to attend the state funeral for former President George H.W. Bush.
Rosalynn Carter will not attend. The 91-year-old former first lady has limited her travels in recent months.
With Bush’s death, Jimmy Carter becomes the oldest living former president, at age 94. Both men were born in 1924, Bush on June 12, Carter on Oct. 1.
Bush served as CIA director when Carter first ran for president 1976. Carter replaced Bush with Stansfield Turner.
Four years later, Bush joined the Ronald Reagan Republican ticket that routed Carter in the 1980 presidential election.
Bush died Friday in Houston at age 94. An invitation-only funeral service is set for Wednesday at Washington National Cathedral.
Secret Service personnel who had been assigned to protecting George H.W. Bush are serving as honorary pallbearers as his remains begin making their way from Houston to a state funeral in Washington.
The former president’s spokesman, Jim McGrath, tweeted Monday that for “this first movement in Houston” members of “the current @SecretService Bush Protective Division will serve as honorary pallbearers.”
Bush died at his Houston home on Friday at age 94. His remains are scheduled to arrive at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland on Monday afternoon and later will begin lying in state at the U.S. Capitol.
On Wednesday morning, a motorcade will take the remains to a state funeral at the National Cathedral.
Houston is honoring George H.W. Bush with a City Hall tribute and urging people who attend to dress in colorful socks, a nod to one of the former president’s favorite fashion accessories.
Mayor Sylvester Turner is hosting Monday evening’s event featuring music and community leaders in front of City Hall. Turner tweeted that those in attendance should “wear their own colorful socks.”
Bush often sported bright socks, sometimes with loud, unusual patterns. He died Friday at his Houston home at age 94, and his body is heading to Washington for a state funeral.
Spokesman Jim McGrath tweeted Monday that Bush “will be carried to his final rest” wearing gray socks saluting the Armed Forces and paying “tribute to his lifetime of service,” starting as an 18-year-old “naval aviator in war.”
George H.W. Bush is set to embark on his final tour of Washington as a nation prepares to bid farewell to its 41st president.
His remains will arrive in Washington on Monday, and he will lie in state at the Capitol through Wednesday. An invitation-only funeral service is set for Wednesday at Washington National Cathedral, to be attended by President Donald Trump and other dignitaries.
Bush will then be returned to Houston for burial Thursday at his presidential library at Texas A&M University.
He will be laid to rest alongside Barbara Bush, his wife of 73 years who died in April, and Robin Bush, the daughter who died of leukemia at age 3.
Bush was president from 1989 to 1993. He died Friday in Houston at age 94.