The Oak Ridge Boys keep promise to sing at Bush funeral

The Oak Ridge Boys keep promise to sing at Bush funeral

President Donald Trump will gather with his former predecessors at Washington National Cathedral on Wednesday for the state funeral of George H.W. Bush, an event likely to emphasize the 41st president's decency and grace at a time when politics has gotten more tribal and polarized.

"Then it became silent staring time", Colbert joked as he showed Trump beside the former Presidents, not speaking.

Wednesday's state funeral caps a day-long homage that saw Bush lie in state for two days in the US Capitol rotunda.

"This particular train trip...is a great opportunity for Texans and people all across the country to say their final goodbyes to this great man", he said. "He will be missed!" In place of most Washington dignitaries were top Houston athletes including the NFL Texans' defensive end J.J. Watt - displaying Bush's love for sports - and Chuck Norris, who played TV's "Walker, Texas Ranger".

Bush died November 30 at his home in Houston.

He was one of the five living United States commanders in chief at the event; Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton, Barack Obama all attended along with President Donald Trump.

Bush choked up at the end of his eulogy before regaining his composure.

Former Secretary of State Hilary Clinton, right, greeted former Vice President Joe Biden.

A telegram from the Vatican relayed Pope Francis's "heartfelt condolences" to the Bush family.

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The funeral was the first time that Hillary Clinton and Trump have been together since his inauguration previous year following their bitter presidential campaign.

Others took note of Trump's silence and criticized his support and respect of the religion and Bush.

His son, ex-President George W Bush, is to deliver one of the eulogies.

The New York Stock Exchange and Nasdaq will also be closed in observance of the National Day of Mourning.

Trump declared Wednesday a national day of mourning in the USA, part of a week-long series of commemorations that began Monday with a solemn public visitation in the Capitol rotunda.

Bush has been remembered for his public and military service, volunteerism and personal character.

"We can agree or disagree with the policies", Monica Harisson, who worked eight years for the Reagan administration, told AFP. "'I was thinking about all the evangelicals who voted for me".

Bush was a decorated World War II aviator who almost lost his life when he was shot down on a bombing mission.

The group had been friends with Bush since they played at a White House barbecue when Bush was vice president.

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