Published: Tue, December 04, 2018
People | By Leon Thompson

George H.W. Bush's service dog, Sully, loyal to the end

George H.W. Bush's service dog, Sully, loyal to the end

Visitors pay their respects to late former U.S. President George H.W. Bush lying in state in the U.S. Capitol Rotunda, in Washington D.C., the United States, on December 4, 2018.

Bush died at his Houston home on November 30 at the age of 94.

Trump and former Presidents Barack Obama, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter are expected to attend the service, according to sources familiar with the planning of the funeral.

House Speaker Paul Ryan praised George H.W. Bush as a "great patriot", and the first president he had been able to cast a ballot for as a young man.

A military aircraft carrying Bush's remains arrived at Andrews Air Force Base outside Washington, DC, Monday afternoon, as the nation's capital prepared to honor the 41st president. The photo was shared on George W. Bush's Instagram page.

McConnell says Bush "kept us on course" as the Kentucky Republican delivered a eulogy for the late president at a ceremony in the Capitol Rotunda on Monday.

W. Bush and first lady Laura Bush stand in front of his fathers casket as thousands of onlookers gather in the Capitol Rotunda on Tuesday Dec. 4 2018
John Parkinson ABC News

The change in tone is likely fueled Bush family assurances that the 41st President's funeral would be free of political tension and the anti-Trump sentiment that permeated McCain's funeral, the Washington Post reported.

The US Postal Service announced it will "suspend regular mail deliveries, retail services and administrative office activity" on Wednesday for the national day of mourning honoring the late former President George H.W. Bush.

An invitation-only funeral service will follow at Washington National Cathedral before his casket returns to Houston for burial.

Sully went to work with Bush this summer after former first lady Barbara Bush passed away earlier this year.

Bush was elected US president in 1988 as the successor to Ronald Reagan.

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