This week, President Donald Trump is planning to send Air Force One to Texas to bring the body of former President George H.W. Bush to Washington, D.C., where it will lie in state in the U.S. Capitol.
The 41st president passed away on Friday surrounded by his family members and friends, at the age of 94. There are a number of plans that are already in progress, regarding the funeral and the celebration of Bush’s life, both in D.C. and Texas, where his body will be buried.
“Air Force One will be taking myself and a group of our people back to Washington. It will then be reset and it will be sent to Houston to pick up the casket of President Bush and it will be sent back to Washington,” Trump told reporters on Saturday prior to his return to Washington.
“We will be spending three days of mourning and three days celebrating a really great man’s life,” Trump said.
Trump also said that Wednesday will be a a national day of mourning in memory of the 41st president, a Republican whose presidency began in January 1989 and ended in January 1993. He also served in the military and was a CIA director prior to being elected as vice president in 1980 with Ronald Reagan.
“Other details regarding the state funeral for former President Bush were revealed by his office Saturday,” Fox News reported.
In a news release from the Joint Task Force-National Capital Region, the group stated that the ceremonies and services related to the funeral will take place both in Washington D.C. and Texas, and that there will be three stages. Additionally, the group has also announced that it will work together with Bush’s family “to carry out” his wishes with regard to the funeral.
On Monday, Bush’s remains will depart from Ellington Field in Houston and arrive in Joint Base Andrews in Maryland.
“Bush’s remains will lie in state in the Rotunda of the U.S. Capitol with a guard of honor in attendance” from Monday at 7:30 p.m. until Wednesday at 8:45 a.m., according to officials.
Then, his remains will be taken to D.C. for a funeral in Washington National Cathedral. After that, his body will be taken back to Joint Base Andrews and from there, his remains will be brought in Texas, for a final burial.
From Wednesday at 6:45 p.m. until Thursday at 6 a.m. “Bush’s remains will lie in repose at St. Martin’s Episcopal Church with a guard of honor in attendance,” in Texas, Houston, according to officials.
A funeral service will be held on Thursday morning at the church, according to a news release.
“Former President Bush’s remains will depart St. Martin’s Episcopal Church, Houston, and be transported by motorcade to Union Pacific Railroad Westfield Auto Facility, Spring, Texas. President Bush’s remains will then be transported by funeral car (train) to College Station, Texas,” read the news release.
President Donald Trump has loaned out a government plane before. The remains of the late Sen. John McCain were taken to Washington aboard Air Force Two. McCain was an Arizona Republican who disagreed with Trump on various matters and was regarded as a fierce critic of the president.