Family, leaders, dignitaries pay respects to President George H.W. Bush


President George H.W. Bush continued to lie in state at the U.S. Capitol Tuesday.

He was visited by both the public and small groups of people who were important to the president, including officials and government staff.

Some people said they drove from other states to be part of a rare opportunity to pay their respects to the former president.

Everyday Americans, influential leaders, and family, all continued to honor the life and service of America’s 41st president.

“There is a time for politics and there is a time for governing, but there is also a time for reflection, and this is a time for reflection, for our country to think about the values that make our country great,” said grandson George P. Bush.

Taking the time for that reflection on Capitol Hill Tuesday were the current and several former heads of the Central Intelligence Agency, who as a group paid their respects to the man who served as its eleventh director.

Some of the military leaders of Operation Desert Storm who served under President Bush were also present, including Colin Powell, a retired four-star general who served as chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff.

“He cared about every single, soldier, seaman, airman, and Marine we sent over there, and he wanted us to finish the war quickly and to get out of Iraq and back home and away from Kuwait quickly,” he said.

Others who paid their respects included members of the president’s personal Secret Service detail, and the president’s service dog, Sully, who appeared alongside other beneficiaries of the Americans with Disabilities Act, a law Bush signed in 1990.

“It changed the lives of so many people with disabilities, myself included, and it still is one of the most profound legacies of his presidency,” said Rep. Jim Langevin, D, R.I.

Bush will continue to lie in state in the Capitol Rotunda until Wednesday morning when a procession will take him to the Washington National Cathedral for a national funeral service.

After services in Washington, Bush’s remains will be returned to Houston to lie in repose at St. Martin’s Episcopal Church before burial Thursday at his family plot on the presidential library grounds at Texas A&M University in College Station. His final resting place will be alongside Barbara Bush, his wife of 73 years who died in April, and Robin Bush, the daughter they lost to leukemia in 1953 at age 3.

President Donald Trump has ordered the federal government closed Wednesday for a national day of mourning.

Flags on public buildings are flying at half-staff for 30 days.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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