The body of former President George H.W. Bush will lie in state in the U.S. Capitol on Monday as his family and Americans mourn the loss of the 41st U.S. president.
Bush’s casket, along with members of the Bush family and the late president’s former service dog, Sully, arrived at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland, just outside of Washington, D.C., around 3:30 p.m. ET. The casket was flown in from Ellington Field Joint Reserve Base, a Texas Air National Guard base, aboard an aircraft that often serves as Air Force One.
Upon their arrival, the former first family was greeted with ceremonial music and a 21-gun salute before Bush’s casket was placed inside of a hearse.
Bush’s body will be transported to the U.S. Capitol, where he will lie in state in the building’s rotunda until Wednesday morning. Former presidents or prominent politicians customarily lie in state. Gerald Ford, who died at the end of 2006, was the last president to do so in late 2006 through early 2007.
Once Bush lies in state, his casket will be transported by motorcade on Wednesday morning to the National Cathedral, where a state funeral will be held. President Donald Trump, who ordered federal offices closed on Wednesday for a national day of mourning, is to attend with first lady Melania Trump.
Bush’s body will then return to Houston, where a public viewing of his casket will be held before a private funeral service on Thursday. The elder Bush’s body will be buried in a family plot at the George H.W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum in College Station.
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Fox News’ Chad Pergram, Adam Shaw and The Associated Press contributed to this report.