Americans to Honor President George H.W. Bush in Washington

Photo of George HW Bush's service dog mourning at his casket pulls the internet's heartstrings

Washington to pay respects, bid farewell to George H.W. Bush

The German government press service announced Monday that German Chancellor Angela Merkel will fly to Washington, DC, to take part in the memorial service for the late president, who oversaw the end of the Cold War and the reunification of Germany. As a true patriot and a visionary, President Bush will forever be viewed by people with disabilities and their families as a hero through his efforts to enact the Americans with Disabilities Act. Four former presidents and President Donald Trump will be attending his funeral at the National Cathedral.

A meeting scheduled for Tuesday between the president and Congress' top Democrats, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) has also reportedly been put on hold until after the president's funeral.

Bush's death has also led to a series of symbolic moments. His final resting place will be alongside Barbara Bush, his wife of 73 years who died in April at the age of 92, and Robin Bush, the daughter they lost to leukemia in 1953 at age three.

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Sully has his own Instagram account; here he is shown "assisting with voting" as Mr Bush cast his ballot in last month's United States presidential mid-term election.

Bush, who was president from 1989 to 1993, will lie in state beneath the soaring U.S. Capitol rotunda for a ceremony and public visitation from Monday through Wednesday.

Social media users thanked Sully for his services and commented on his and dogs' loyalty generally towards their owners. "Bush 43" and Laura, the former first lady, climbed the plane's stairs and gave a somber wave, followed by the rest of of the extended family.

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The Capitol will be open for dignitaries and the public to pay their respects through early Wednesday, with visitors allowed to walk past Bush's casket.

The casket carrying the body of George HW Bush is set to arrive in Washington on Monday afternoon, aboard the USA military plane commonly known as Air Force One. The crew has been tasked by Trump with carrying out "Special Air Mission 41". The elder Bush's body will be buried in a family plot at the George H.W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum in College Station.

The photo, posted initially by Bush's son George, shows the yellow lab slumped by Bush's casket.

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