George H.W. Bush makes his final journey home as his casket arrives at St. Martin’s Episcopal Church

Mail Online | 12/31/1969 | Valerie Edwards;Jennifer Smith For;Associated Press
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George H.W. Bush's casket has arrived at St. Martin's Episcopal Church in Texas where he will lie in repose overnight.

As a military band played, pallbearers carried the flag-draped casket of the former president into Houston’s St. Martin’s Episcopal Church, where the Bush family regularly worshiped.

Wednesday - Night - Music - Opening - Notes

Wednesday night’s music included the opening notes of Hail to the Chief.

Among those greeting the motorcade were the city’s top two leaders, Democratic Mayor Sylvester Turner and Republican County Judge Ed Emmett.

Wednesday - Evening - Bush - Body - Air

On Wednesday evening, Bush's body was flown by Air Force One to Houston's Ellington Air Field following a state funeral service at the Washington National Cathedral in Washington, DC.

The same military aircraft, nicknamed Special Air Mission 41 in honor of the 41st president, had taken his body to Washington on Monday to lie in state at the Capitol.

Mourners - Airport - Respects - Bush - Hearse

Mourners gathered at the airport to pay their respects to Bush as a black hearse waited for the flag-draped casket on the tarmac.

While Bush's casket was escorted from the aircraft to the hearse, former President George W. Bush, his wife Laura, and several other family members trailed behind.

Motorcade - Minutes - St - Martin - Episcopal

A motorcade then drove 45 minutes to St. Martin's Episcopal Church where about 1,200 mourners are expected to attend the service at the church on Thursday morning.

Delivering a eulogy is James Baker, Bush's former secretary of state and longtime confidant. Bush's grandson George P. Bush will give the other eulogy. He is the Texas land commissioner.

Bush - Wife - Barbara - St - Martin

Bush and his wife, Barbara, worshiped at St. Martin's for more than 50 years.

'It is our turn to show our respect and support as our congregation, as well as our nation, grieve this loss,' reads a message on the church's website.

Bush - Week - Age

Bush died last week at the age of 94, and will be laid to rest at his...
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