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Americans pay respects to late President Bush at US Capitol

Americans pay respects to late President Bush at US Capitol

Trained to assist United States army veterans as part of the VetDogs programme, Sully was joined by several army veterans - some of who were in wheelchairs from injuries incurred during their time in action - and one of the late president's sons, Neil Bush. An assistant helped keep Dole steady on his feet, according to video from C-SPAN.

Sully, who is trained with tasks related to pushing, tugging, bracing and retrieval, will join Walter Reed National Military Medical Center's Facility Dog Program, America's VetDogs announced on Facebook.

A humble hero of World War II, Bush was just 20 when he survived being shot down during a bombing run over a Japanese island.

One of those who entered the Rotunda Tuesday was former Senator Bob Dole, a rival to Bush in the 1988 Republican presidential primary.

Bush's grandson George P. Bush will give the other eulogy.

There were rousing renditions of the "Battle Hymn of the Republic" and "Onward Christian Soldiers", but also many of Bush's country favourites.

Bush said Trump and Congress' devotion of time to his grandfather's legacy reflects the late president's commitment to bipartisanship.

The service began at St. Martin's Episcopal Church, where Bush worshipped for more than 50 years, with more than 1,000 attendees singing "America the lovely".




The late Mr Bush called Mr Trump a "blowhard".

President Trump has issued an executive order to close the federal government.

Firefighters rehearse putting an American flag on an overpass above the rail lines where Union Pacific No. 4141 will be bearing the coffin of President George H.W. Bush on December 05, 2018 in Tomball, Texas.

After services in Washington, Bush's remains will be returned to Houston to lie in repose at St. Martin's Episcopal Church before burial Thursday at his family plot on the presidential library grounds at Texas A&M University in College Station.

Bush's death reduces membership in the ex-presidents' club to four: Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama.

Those close to the service dog say for now Sully appears lonely, loyal to the USA leader for whom he had unwavering allegiance.

Bush was born into privilege and politics (his father a US senator and grandfather a top industrialist).

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