America’s capital embraced George HW Bush in death with solemn ceremony and high tributes to his service and decency, as the remains of the 41st president took their place in the Capitol rotunda for three days of mourning and praise by the political elite and everyday citizens alike. With Bush’s casket atop the Lincoln Catafalque, first used for Abraham Lincoln’s 1865 funeral, people filed past the coffin to honor the Texan whose efforts for his country extended three quarters of a century from World War II through to his final years. Bush was elected President in 1988 and served a single term. He died Friday at the age of 94.
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