Former President George HW Bush to Lie in State at Capitol

A U.S. flag flies at half-staff in front of the U.S. Capitol in tribute to former U.S. President George H. W. Bush, early on Dec. 2, 2018, in Washington. (Photo credit: VOA News)

(VOA News Online) – Former U.S. president George H.W. Bush will lie in state in the U.S. Capitol Rotunda starting Monday evening as Americans honor the life of the country’s 41st president.

The Capitol will be open for dignitaries and the public to pay their respects through early Wednesday, with visitors allowed to walk past Bush’s casket. He died in Texas, his home state, late Friday at the age of 94 after several years of failing health.

Bush, who served a single term in the White House 1989 to 1993, will receive a state funeral Wednesday at the National Cathedral in Washington, followed by burial Thursday at his presidential library in Texas.

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