Bush's body to lie in repose all night at church

WASHINGTON, D.C. (AP) - The Latest on events honoring late former President George H.W. Bush (all times local):

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8 p.m.

The body of former President George H.W. Bush is set to lie in repose all night at the Houston church where his family worshipped.

People lined up Wednesday night at St. Martin's Episcopal Church to pay their respects to the nation's 41st president, who died last week. It's the same church where services for Bush's wife, Barbara, were held in April.

One member from each of the five armed-service branches stood around Bush's casket. As mourners passed by, the sound of their footsteps was the only thing interrupting an otherwise quiet scene.

The line moved slowly and halted altogether whenever mourners stopped in front of the casket to cross themselves or otherwise acknowledge Bush. One group of Navy sailors saluted as they filed past.

A funeral service will be held at the church Thursday morning.

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6:40 p.m.

As a military band played, pallbearers carried the flag-draped casket of former President George H.W. Bush into Houston's St. Martin's Episcopal Church, where the Bush family regularly worshipped.

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.

Bush died at his home in Houston on Friday. After lying in state at the U.S. Capitol and a funeral service at the Washington National Cathedral, his remains were returned to Houston, where another funeral service is set for Thursday.

A special train will then take the casket to the campus of Texas A&M University in College Station, where Bush will be buried at his presidential library next to his wife, Barbara, and their young daughter Robin, who died in 1953.

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6:20 p.m.

The remains of former President George H.W. Bush have arrived at a Houston church, where he will lie in repose overnight.

About 1,200 mourners are expected for a service at St. Martin's Episcopal 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.

The casket carrying the remains of the nation's 41st president will later travel on a train pulled by a special locomotive, No. 4141, from suburban Houston to College Station, home of Texas A&M University 's Bush presidential library.

The former president will be laid to rest alongside his wife, Barbara, and their daughter, Robin, who died of leukemia in 1953 at age 3.

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6 p.m.

The motorcade carrying George H.W. Bush's coffin is passing through Houston along closed southbound lanes of Interstate 45, while people in stopped traffic on the other side of the road wave flags and shoot cell phone pictures and videos.

Speeding along at about 50 miles per hour, the motorcade passed a stopped tanker whose driver stood atop the vehicle taking pictures.

It also passed two stopped firetrucks where at least 15 firefighters had climbed atop the vehicles and were saluting.

Bush returned to Houston on Wednesday after a funeral service at Washington's National Cathedral. Another service will be held in Houston on Thursday before Bush is laid to rest at his presidential library at Texas A&M University in College Station.

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5:45 p.m.

A military band played and guns and cannons were fired symbolically as the body of George H.W. Bush was taken from a military aircraft to a waiting hearse in Houston.

As former First Lady Laura Bush and her husband, former President George W. Bush, left the plane and were walking on the tarmac Wednesday evening, Laura Bush waved at the crowd of 300 invited guests who attended the return ceremony.

Many in the crowd waved back at her.

A short time later, the hearse left for St. Martin's Episcopal Church, where the former president will lie in response overnight ahead of funeral services Thursday morning.

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5:05 p.m.

A crowd of about 300 invited guests, including Astros manager A.J. Hinch, has greeted the arrival of a plane carrying former President George H.W. Bush's remains to Texas.

Among those in attendance were past and present members of Houston's various professional sports teams, including Hinch, former Texans receiver Andre Johnson, and former Rockets player Calvin Murphy.

Bush was a big sports fan and regularly attended Astros, Rockets and Texans games. He and his wife, Barbara, could often be seen sitting behind home plate at Astros games.

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5 p.m.

The plane carrying former President George H.W. Bush's remains has landed at Houston's Ellington Field.

Bush's body returned to Texas on Wednesday evening on a plane from Washington. 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.

A funeral service was held Wednesday morning at Washington National Cathedral.

Bush will lie in repose overnight at St. Martin's Episcopal Church in Houston. Then his casket will be loaded onto a train for a journey to College Station, where he will be laid to rest near his presidential library at Texas A&M University.

He will be buried next to his wife, Barbara, and daughter Robin, who died of leukemia at age 3.



 
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