Services and ceremonies for former President George HW Bush are planned throughout the week

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Members of former President George H.W. Bush's family including his service dog, Sully H.W. Bush, gather at his casket at a Houston funeral home Monday morning before his body was flown to Joint Base Andrews in Maryland to lie in state at the U.S. Capitol. (Evan Sisley/Office of George H.W. Bush)

WASHINGTON – Services and ceremonies honoring the life of former President George H.W. Bush will take place in Washington, D.C. and Texas throughout the week.

A summary of the official schedule is as follows:

Monday, Dec. 3

The body of the 41st president will depart Ellington Field in Houston at 10:30 a.m. CST and will be flown on a 747 Boeing passenger jet that has been used as Air Force One to Joint Base Andrews near Washington, D.C.

The late president’s yellow Labrador Retriever service dog, Sully H.W. Bush, will travel with the casket. The dog is named after former US Airways pilot Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger III. In 2009 Sullenberger successfully landed a disabled passenger jet in the Hudson River.  All 155 passengers survived.

Arrival at Andrews is expected at 3:30 p.m. EST.

Former President George H.W. Bush waves to well-wishers as he arrives in Kennebunkport, Maine, in May. He spent his summers there at the family’s estate. (Evan Sisley/Office of George H.W. Bush)

From Andrews, Bush’s casket will be taken via motorcade to the U.S. Capitol.

An arrival ceremony will be held around 5 p.m.

Most of the 535 members of Congress are expected to attend the ceremony. Members of the deceased president’s family also will be present.

Vice President Mike Pence, House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) are expected to give brief remarks.

Bush’s body will lie in state in the U.S. Capitol Rotunda from Monday 7:30 p.m. to Wednesday 8:45 a.m.

An honor guard will be present.

Members of the public are invited to pay their respects during that time.

Wednesday, Dec. 5

Bush’s casket will be removed from the U.S. Capitol via motorcade at 8:45 a.m. EST and will be taken to Washington National Cathedral for a state funeral service. The service is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. EST.

President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump are expected to attend the service as are as many as four former presidents, including Bush’s eldest son, former President George W Bush.

Following the service, the 41st president’s body will be taken to Andrews and flown back to Houston.

That evening Bush’s body will be taken to St. Martin’s Episcopal Church in Houston. The former president and his late wife of 73 years, Barbara, who died April 17, attended the church. Bush will lie in repose at St. Martin’s overnight. An honor guard will be present.

Thursday, Dec. 6 

Bush’s remains will depart St. Martin’s at 6 a.m. CST via motorcade en route to the Union Pacific Railroad Westfield Auto Facility in Spring, Tex.

The former president’s casket will be loaded onto a funeral train en route to College Station, Tex.

From College Station, Bush’s remains will be taken to Texas A&M University. He be interred nearby at the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum. Barbara Bush is buried there.

Bush died Friday night at age 94. He had been in declining health for the past few years and was frequently in and out of the hospital.

Bush occupied the Oval Office from 1989-93.

During his tenure Eastern bloc nations gained independence, the Berlin Wall came down, the Soviet Union collapsed and the U.S. led an international coalition that drove Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein from Kuwait.

Bush is survived by 4 children, 17 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren.

Former President George W. Bush, the 43rd president, served as commander-in-chief from 2001-09.

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