Tributes to President George H.W. Bush
Photo Courtesy: Paul Morse Twitter
Today the journey home for President George H.W. Bush. After an invitation-only funeral today in Houston, the Bush family and President George H.W. Bush’s casket boarded a Union Pacific train to lay him to rest in College Station. The train ride started in Spring, Texas and ended in College Station. Many Americans in the Texas towns along the train route came out to say good bye, express their love, respect, some waving American flags as the Union Pacific 4141 train passed by. President Bush will be buried next to his beloved wife, Barbara and young daughter, Robin, on the grounds of the Bush Presidential Library at Texas A & M University.
People from Houston, Webster, Galveston and dignitaries came together at Second Baptist Church overnight to board Metro busses for a few personal moments with President George H.W. Bush in repose at St. Martin’s Episcopal Church overnight. The 12-hour public viewing ends at 6 a.m. today. Early Wednesday night, the Houston Police said Second Baptist Church was filled to capacity and people waited 3 hours in line. As the night went on, it became a 1 hour wait at Second Baptist to board shuttle busses and go through federal security screening. People kept coming and Metro busses filled with passengers made the 5 minute trip to St. Martin’s Episcopal Church during the night. Those who came to pay their respects came from all walks of life, including those knew the Bushes personally. Bush family spokesman Jim McGrath tweeted 11,657 paid their respects to 41st during the public viewing at St. Martin’s Episcopal Church in Houston.
From the crew of the USS George H.W. Bush at sea Tuesday night. Photo courtesy: Bush ship’s crew and Jim McGrath
Today, December 5th is the National Day of Mourning, Gratitude and Celebration of President George H.W. Bush’s life. After a national church service in Washington, DC, the casket of President Bush returns to Houston late this afternoon. The President Bush hearst and procession likely will follow the same route from Ellington Field to 610 west to 610 north to the public viewing at St. Martin’s Episcopal Church, 717 Sage Road in Houston. It is from 6 p.m. tonight into the overnight and ends at 6 a.m. Thursday. All visitors will go through security screening and will take shuttle busses from Second Baptist Church, 6400 Woodway Drive for the 12-hour public viewing. No large bags, backpacks, cameras allowed. SBC parking lot opens at 4 p.m. Shuttles at Second Baptist run from 5:30 p.m Wednesday – 5:30 a.m. Thursday to St. Martin’s Episcopal Church. Expect road closures. Metro also has free rides for citizens with disabilities to and from St. Martin’s Church.
On Thursday morning, December 6th– an invitation-only funeral at St. Martin’s Episcopal Church. After the Houston funeral, President Bush’s casket will travel by a special 41st train from Spring Texas to College Station, Texas. President Bush will be laid to rest by his dear wife, Barbara Bush on the grounds of the Bush Presidential Library at Texas A & M University.
Photos Courtesy: Jim McGrath
Air Force One at Ellington Field Joint Reserve Base waits to take President George H.W. Bush for a final trip to Washington, DC on Monday morning. Sully, President Bush’s dog waits with him.
The Bush family and viewing of President George Herbert Walker Bush in repose in the Capitol rotunda in Washington, DC. Photos Courtesy: Jim McGrath
The City of Houston celebrated President Bush’s life at City Hall at 7 p.m. Monday. City Hall is lit in red, white and blue. It was broadcast on local television stations. The Gatlin Brothers, Houston Symphony, Houston officials, dignitaries, clergy and celebrities participated in the celebration.
For President Bush’s funeral, the St. Martin’s Episcopal Church campus in Houston will be closed Tuesday, December 4 beginning at 12:30 p.m. and will reopen Friday, December 7 at 8 a.m. The church website says all activities originally scheduled for those days will not be held. Before they passed away, President Bush and First Lady Barbara Pierce Bush worshipped there for more than 50 years.
The Bush family had many friends from all walks of life, including Fuzzi’s Pizza owners, Lamis and Jamil Hajjar. The Hajjars cooked and made pizza for President Bush and First Lady Barbara Bush. Their photos are displayed at their Houston area pizza restaurants.
On Wednesday night, December 5th, a public viewing of President George H.W. Bush in repose at St. Martin’s Episcopal Church in Houston, Texas. The church is located at 717 Sage Road. Prepare for traffic delays and road closures.
“All members of the public wishing to pay their respects to President Bush may attend the repose at St. Martin’s beginning Wednesday, December 5 at 6 p.m. through Thursday, December 6 at 6 a.m. Everyone must first go to Second Baptist Church at 6400 Woodway Drive to park and go through security. Metro is providing complimentary shuttles to transport citizens, including those with disabilities, to and from St. Martin’s. The parking lot will open at 4 p.m. and shuttles will start running at 5:30 p.m. No one may drive or walk up to St. Martin’s. Large, over-size purses and bags are not permitted.
The funeral is by invitation only.”
——The St. Martin’s Episcopal Church website
Saturday, December 1, 2018
Americans and Houstonians are saddened that former President George H. W. Bush passed away Friday, November 30th in Houston, Texas. Tributes are pouring in loving memory of the 41st President of the United States.
Overnight, the Bush family spokesman, Jim McGrath released this statement: