George H.W Bush's casket arrived at his final resting place at Texas A&M this evening, after thousands of cheering and waving Texans lined the route of the special funeral train traveling 70 miles from Houston.
The 41st president's son George W. Bush and his wife Laura, along with other members of the Bush family, watched somberly as a military honor guard carried his casket off the train. His flag-draped casket was wrapped with a plastic cover due to the rainy conditions.
Bush's arrival came after an emotional service at St. Martin's Episcopal Church in Houston on Thursday morning.
His body was then transported via the presidential train to the presidential library where he was laid to rest at a private ceremony.
George H.W Bush's casket has arrived at his final resting place at Texas A&M this evening, after thousands of cheering and waving Texans lined the route of the special funeral train traveling 70 miles from Houston
Former president George W. Bush leads the rest of his family as they walk to the burial ceremony for George H.W. Bush
The flag-draped casket of former President George H.W. Bush is carried for burial by a joint services military honor guard at the George H.W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum
Thursday's flavor was distinctly Texan, unlike days of previous Washington celebrations that had more of a national feel
As Bush's casket arrived at his library at Texas A&M, the Navy honored him with a 21-plane flyover. The former president will also be honored with a 21-cannon salute and the sounding of 'Taps'
The hearse arrives for the internment ceremony of former US President George H.W. Bush at the George H.W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum in College Station on Thursday evening
George H.W. Bush's flag-draped casket was wrapped with a plastic cover due to the rainy conditions
Bush is being taken to his presidential library at the university, where he will be laid to rest at a private ceremony next to his wife, Barbara, who died in April, and his daughter Robin, who died at age 3 in 1953
Following the service, a hearse took the late president to the Union Pacific train station in Spring, Texas, where a special funeral train, with a locomotive painted in the colors of Air Force One and named 4141, journeyed two and a half hours to College Station.
The train's sixth car, a converted baggage hauler called 'Council Bluffs,' was fitted with transparent sides to allow mourners lining the tracks views of Bush's flag draped coffin.
The 41st president's son George W. Bush was so moved by the thousands of Texans who braved the gloomy weather to pay their respects to the former president that he posted a photo of himself waving to the crowds, writing: 'Thank you for making 41's last ride so special.'
Bush was then taken to his presidential library at the university, where he was laid to rest at a private ceremony next to his wife, Barbara, who died in April, and his daughter Robin, who died at age three in 1953.
Earlier on Thursday, the Bush family gathered for a funeral in Houston.
His grandsons were honorary pallbearers and his granddaughters read scripture in a service bursting with faith and family – less about America’s last war-hero president than a gracious, devout patriarch.
About 1,200 invited guests included members of the 41st president's family, Houston athletes and civic leaders who knew him as a service-minded American who invested more than four decades in merging his family's values with America's.
He was 'the most gracious, most decent, most humble man I will ever know,' said George P. Bush, the late president's grandson who as the Texas land commissioner is the last current family member with a political future.
Bush was taken to his presidential library at the university, where he was laid to rest at a private ceremony next to his wife, Barbara, who died in April
Recalling vacations with 'Gamps,' and his inspiring letters, he joked about games of horseshoes the former president would play 'among family, Secret Service or any willing head of state.'
'Power outage!' George H.W. Bush would trash-talk if any metal shoe failed to reach the post. Overshooting the mark would draw a snarky 'Woodrow Wilson!' – a chuckle at the president who famously sought a law to suppress disloyalty and absolute authority to censor the press in wartime.
And in grandfatherly playfulness, the late president often 'challenged all of the grandkids to the coveted "First to Sleep" award,' George P. said.
A more elderly Bush confidant, 88-year-old James Baker, said of the late president that 'he's been my friend and he's been my role model.' Baker served Bush as White House chief of staff and secretary of state.
Tilting his head up and addressing his friend 'Jefe,' he told Bush that he was 'about to do something you always hated and that your mother always told you not to do: brag about yourself.'
Bush never gloated when the Berlin wall fell, Baker said, and was without a doubt 'America's greatest one-term president.'
'He was not considered a skilled speaker,' Baker said, 'but his deeds were quite elegant.'
Choking up, the man Bush called 'Bake' ended with a hat-tip to William Butler Yeats. 'Our glory, George,' he said, 'was to have had you as our president and as such a friend.'
Wednesday's awe-inspiring funeral at the National Cathedral in Washington was an unapologetic display of patriotic symbolism, with military escorts and flags of the 50 U.S. states flying above the length of the center aisle.
A church service a day later in a no-less-imposing space featured just two flags: the stars and stripes draped over Bush's casket and carried in front of it.
The church choir rendered 'This is My Country' as a worship anthem and the National Anthem with pipe organ and soprano descant.
'America the Beautiful' was sung as a congregational hymn. 'The Battle Hymn of the Republic' was sung without a military chorus.
And while Wednesday's musical centerpiece was famed tenor Ronan Tynan singing a showstopper based on Abraham Lincoln speeches, the Texas service featured the Oak Ridge Boys singing 'Amazing Grace' and Albert Hay Malotte's 'The Lord's Prayer' performed by country star Reba McIntyre.
Oak Ridge Boys tenor Joe Bonsall recalled how the group had performed for President Bush since 1983, when he told them he was a fan.
'What a lot of people may not know is he fancied himself to be a good bass singer,' Bonsall said, as George W. Bush and Jeb Bush chuckled and shook their heads.
'He was not,' he added, cracking up the entire family.
Barbara Pierce Bush, one of former President George W. Bush's twin daughters, read the 23rd Psalm along with two of the late elder George Bush's other granddaughters, Elizabeth Dwen Andrews and Noelle Lucila Bush.
Noelle is the daughter of former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, George W.'s brother. Marshall Lloyd Bush, the adopted daughter of their brother Marvin, read from the Old Testament.
Former Houston Rockets stars Yao Ming and Dikembe Mutumbo were among the mourners on Wednesday, their 7-foot heights elevated above the crowd.
Nolan Ryan and Craig Biggio, both Hall of Famers who played for the Houston Astros, remembered Bush as a sports fan who loved his Houston teams.
Movie star Arnold Schwarzenegger, a former California governor, sat near the front. His bromance with the elder George Bush was well-known during his presidency.
George W. Bush was the only former president in attendance on Thursday. Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton and Barack Obama also came to the Washington, D.C. service. So did President Donald Trump, who remained at the White House on Thursday.
Thousands of Texans braved the rainy weather to pay their respects to George H.W. Bush on Thursday afternoon as a special funeral train carried his casket from Spring, Texas to Texas A&M. His son, former president George W. Bush posted this photo to Instagram of him waving to the crowd, captioning it: 'Thank you for making 41's last ride so special'
David Lauren, who is married to Lauren Bush Lauren, posted these photos from inside the special funeral train, writing: 'A view from inside the Union Pacific as proud Americans line the streets of Texas to honor 41'
The Plexiglass door on both sides of the car will allow the public to see Bush's casket as it hauled on the route through Texas
The funeral train is taking George H.W. Bush to the city where he'll be laid to rest. The casket of the 41st president is visible through large windows on the side of the train car
A young spectator waves an American flag along the route where the casket of former U.S. President George H.W. Bush will travel aboard the Union Pacific funeral train
The train then embarked on a slow roll to his presidential library in College Station, passing thousands of people who stood along the tracks. Many of them held up their phones for pictures
Bush's body was later loaded onto a special train fitted with clear sides so people could catch a glimpse of the casket as it rumbled by. David Lauren, Lauren Bush Lauren's husband posted the photos from inside the train
About 2,100 cadets in their tan dress uniforms with jackets and ties and knee-high boots waited for hours on the cold, gray day to line the road -known as Barbara Bush Drive - to the Bush library's front doors.
The U.S. Navy conducted a 21 strike fighter flyover, a salute to the World War II Navy pilot, followed by a 21-gun cannon salute on the ground.
The flyover was performed as an honor guard, close friends and relatives accompanied Bush's casket to his family's burial plot.
The flag draped over the casket will be presented to Bush's daughter, Doro Bush Koch.
As the hearse drove to the library, more than 1,000 student cadets lined the route of the motorcade.
An honor guard carried his Bush's casket down the steps of the special funeral train that arrived at College Station.
George W. Bush and other family members stood on the Texas A&M University campus as a band played the school's 'Aggie War Hymn' fight song.
President George H.W. Bush's extended state funeral was held early Thursday in Houston, Texas , with the second imposing church memorial in two days
James Baker, a longtime Bush confidant who served him as White House chief of staff and secretary of state, said of the late president that 'he's been my friend and he's been my role model.' A tearful Baker embraced George W. Bush after his eulogy
George W. Bush cries as country singer Reba McEntire sings The Lord's Prayer during the funeral for his father on Thursday
Barbara Pierce Bush (pictured), one of former President George W. Bush's twin daughters, read the 23rd Psalm along with two of the late elder George Bush's other granddaughters, Elizabeth Dwen Andrews and Noelle Lucila Bush
After Reba's performance, the gospel quartet The Oak Ridge Boys performed Amazing Grace
Former President George W. Bush and his wife, Laura Bush leave St. Martin's Episcopal Church in Houston after the funeral
As Bush's hearse made its way from Houston to Spring, mourners lined the streets as they paid their respects to America's 41st president on Thursday afternoon.
Thousands stood along the tracks, as many of them held up their phones for pictures and watched from highway overpasses.
One of the first small towns to greet the train was Pinehurst, where Andy Gordon, took his 6-year-old daughter, Addison, out of school so she and her 3-year-old sister, Ashtyn, could witness the moment firsthand.
'Hopefully, my children will remember the significance and the meaning of today,' said Gordon, 38. In Addison's hand were two small American flags.
At one point, state troopers hovering in a helicopter ordered people to get off the tracks as the train approached
People who turned out to pay tribute are leaving coins on the tracks to be flattened into keepsakes.
Fifty-five-year-old Doug Allen of Cypress left eight coins on the tracks before the train passed through the small town of Pinehurst. The train left his three quarters, three dimes and two pennies flattened and slightly discolored.
He says he only thought of the idea a few moments before the train passed and his wife and her friend found the