The nation honors George H.W. Bush: Live updates

 edition.cnn.com  12/5/2018 8:53:32 PM  18

48 min ago

A presidential aircraft carrying George H.W Bush's casket is on its way to Texas right now.

The plane will land at Ellington Field Joint Reserve Base in Houston this evening.

About 300 people — including athletes from the Houston Astros and Houston Rockets, and representatives from MD Anderson Cancer Center and George Bush High School — will be at the airport to welcome Bush home, CNN's Anderson Cooper reported.

Bush's body will lie in repose at St. Martin's Episcopal Church in Houston, Texas, from 6:45 p.m. Wednesday to 6 a.m. central time the following day.

1 hr 1 min ago
Members of the Joint Chiefs of Staff salute as the plane carrying the casket of former President George H.W. Bush leaves Andrews Air Force Base Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2018.

A presidential plane carrying former President George H.W. Bush's casket just departed from Joint Base Andrews.

The plane — named "Special Air Mission 41" just for this mission — is on its way to Texas. Bush's casket will fly in the staff cabin, with the seats removed, for the family to pay final respects during three-hour flight.

There will be another funeral for Bush in Houston tomorrow before he is interred at the George Bush Presidential Library & Museum.

Watch the plane leave:

2 hr 38 min ago

From CNN's Eli Watkins

Now that the state funeral for George H.W. Bush has wrapped up at the Washington National Cathedral, the former president's body will be flown back to Texas.

Bush's body is set to arrive at St. Martin's Episcopal Church in Houston, Texas, this evening. He'll lie in repose at the church overnight, until 7 a.m. ET Thursday.

Thursday, December 6

A second funeral service is scheduled for tomorrow at 11 a.m. ET at the church. Bush's grandson, Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush, and his close friend, former Secretary of State James Baker, will deliver eulogies at that service.

After that, Bush's body is scheduled to arrive at Texas A&M University before he is interred at the George H.W. Bush Presidential Library in College Station, Texas. Both former first lady Barbara Bush and their late daughter Robin are buried at the library.

3 hr 7 min ago

Former President George W. Bush just delivered the final eulogy at his father's state funeral, describing him as "close to perfect."

The 43rd president said his father, the 41st president, taught him how to lead.

"He showed me what it means to be a president who serves with integrity, leads with courage and acts with love in his heart for the citizens of our country," Bush said. "When the history books are written, they will say that George H.W. Bush was a great president of the United States."

Bush's eulogy ended on an emotional note. Concluding his remarks, he added through tears: "Your decency, sincerity and kind soul will stay with us forever. So through our tears, let us know the blessings of knowing and loving you, a great and noble man. The best father a son or daughter could have."

Watch: George W. Bush chokes up delivering father's eulogy

3 hr 24 min ago

Former Sen. Alan Simpson, a friend of George H.W. Bush, said the former president's tombstone only needs a single letter.

"His epitaph, perhaps just a single letter: The letter 'L' for loyalty," Simpson said in his eulogy for Bush. "It coursed through his blood. Loyalty to his country, loyalty to his family, loyalty to his friends, loyalty to the institutions of government."

Simpson called Bush "the most decent and honorable person" he ever met.

"None of us were ready for this day. We mourn his loss from our own lives and what he was to each of us," he said.

Watch the moment below:

3 hr 34 min ago

Former Canadian Prime Minister Brian Mulroney remembered George H.W. Bush's love for his family and surroundings in his eulogy today.

Mulroney recalled a private conversation with Bush on a Labor Day weekend at Walker's Point in Maine in 2001. During the conversation, he said Bush was overcome with emotion as Mulroney reflected on their lives over the years.

He took notes of the moment. Here's what he remembers:

"I told George how I thought his mood had shifted over the last eight years from a series of frustrations and moments of despondency in 1993 to the high enthusiasm that I felt at the Houston launch of the presidential library, and George W.'s election as governor in November of that year, to the delight following Jeb's election in 1998, followed by their great pride and pleasure with George W.'s election to the presidency. And perhaps most importantly to the serenity we found today in both Barbara and George. They are truly at peace with themselves, joyous in what they and the children have achieved, gratified by the goodness that god has bestowed upon them all, and genuinely content with the thrill and promise of each passing day."

After listening to Mulroney, Bush told him, "Brian, you've got us pegged just right." He then led Mulroney to a plaque on the property that read: "CAVU."

Mulroney said Bush then told him, "Brian, this stands for ceiling and visibility unlimited when I was a terrified 18- to 19-year-old pilot in the Pacific, those, those were the words we hoped to hear before takeoff. It meant perfect flying. And that's the way I feel about our life today, CAVU. Everything is perfect. Barbara and I could not have asked for better lives. We are truly happy and truly at peace."

Watch: Former Canadian Prime Minister on Bush's place in history

3 hr 51 min ago

Presidential historian Jon Meacham just gave his tribute to former President George H.W. Bush, telling the assembled family, friends and dignitaries of Bush's life code:

"Tell the truth. Don't blame people. Be strong. Do your best. Try hard. Forgive. Stay the course."

Meacham called it "the most American of creeds."

Bush, Meacham said, had a lasting impact.

He "made our lives and the lives of nations freer, better, warmer and nobler. That was his mission. That was his heart beat. And if we listen closely enough, we can hear that heartbeat even now, for it's the heartbeat of a lion, a lion who not only led us, but who loved us."

Watch: Presidential historian Jon Meacham remembers Bush

3 hr 35 min ago

Before the funeral for former President George H.W Bush began, his son George W. Bush was spotted handing former first lady Michelle Obama a small item.

We're not exactly sure what was exchanged — perhaps a piece of candy or a cough drop — but the moment was reminiscent of one they shared at the late Sen. John McCain's funeral earlier this year. Their smiles suggest the Obamas appeared to recognize the nod.

During that September service, Bush was spotted handing a cough drop to the former first lady, who softly thanked him.

The former first lady and the 43rd president are often photographed together during formal events. When Obama embraced Bush at the opening ceremony for the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture in 2016, the photo of their warm interaction went viral.

Watch the moment from today below:

4 hr 25 min ago

Michael Curry, the presiding bishop and primate of the Episcopal Church, just spoke as the casket of former President George H.W. Bush arrived at the Washington National Cathedral.

"With faith in Jesus Christ, we receive the body of our brother, George, for burial," he said before the casket was carried inside.

If he looks familiar, it's because he also spoke at the royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle back in may. He gave an passionate address that quoted Martin Luther King Jr. 

Watch: Bishop Michael Curry speaks as the casket arrives

« Go back