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Bush Casket Leaves Capitol

Headed for Funeral Service

December 05, 2018 - 10:43 am

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on events honoring late former President George H.W. Bush (all times local):

10:35 a.m.

Former President George H.W. Bush's casket is leaving the U.S. Capitol for a state funeral at the Washington National Cathedral.

Family, friends, congressional leaders and others gathered with military brass on the steps of the Capitol for the send-off Wednesday as cannons echoed a salute and a military band played "Hail to the Chief."

Bush's flag-draped coffin was carried to a waiting hearse for the procession to the cathedral. His son former President George W. Bush put his hand over heart at the plaza.

The 41st president had been lying in state since late Monday in the Capitol Rotunda, an honor reserved for few. Hundreds of visitors, including many former White House officials, arrived to pay tribute. Bush died last week in Houston at age 94.

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