Bush funeral practice

NAVASOTA, TEXAS – DECEMBER 05: An indication reads, ‘President George H.W. Bush Thank You For A Lifetime Of Service’, because it hangs from a constructing subsequent to the rail strains the place Union Pacific No. 4141 can be bearing the coffin of President George H.W. Bush on December 05, 2018 in Navasota, Texas. The practice will convey the previous president to his remaining resting place on the George H.W. Bush Presidential Library in Faculty Station, Texas.
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On Thursday, a 4,300-horsepower locomotive will carry Mr. Bush’s casket, together with family members and shut associates, for round 70 miles (113 kilometers). The journey by way of 5 small Texas cities is predicted to take about two and a half hours, delivering the casket from suburban Houston to Faculty Station. In accordance with Bush spokesman Jim McGrath, the funeral practice has been a part of the official planning of his funeral for years.

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There, a motorcade will take Bush to his presidential library on the college, the place he can be laid to relaxation at a personal ceremony subsequent to his spouse, Barbara, who died in April, and his daughter Robin, who died at age three in 1953.

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That is the eighth funeral practice in U.S. historical past and the primary since Dwight D. Eisenhower’s physique traveled from the Nationwide Cathedral in Washington by way of seven states to his Kansas hometown of Abilene 49 years in the past. Abraham Lincoln’s funeral practice was the primary, in 1865.

The practice’s sixth automotive, a transformed baggage hauler referred to as “Council Bluffs,” has been fitted with clear sides to permit mourners lining the tracks on Thursday views of Bush’s flag draped coffin.

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“We simply rode on the railroads on a regular basis, and I’ve by no means forgotten it,” Bush stated on the time, recalling how he took trains, and infrequently slept on them, throughout journeys as a toddler along with his household.

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