Details on funeral arrangements for former president George H.W. Bush, who died Friday at the age of 94, are being set by the Bush family, the Department of Defense said Saturday.
Bush, who served as president from 1989-1993, will receive a state funeral Wednesday at the National Cathedral in Washington, followed by burial Thursday at his presidential library in Texas.
After an arrival ceremony in the nation’s capital Monday, his body will lie in state in the Capitol Rotunda for a public viewing until Wednesday morning, with a ceremony set for 5 p.m. Monday. The public will be able to line up to view Bush’s casket continuously from Monday at 7:30 p.m. EST until Wednesday at 7 a.m. EST.
The White House announced on Saturday that U.S. President Donald Trump would attend the funeral.
White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said in a statement that Wednesday has been designated as a national day of mourning, and that the White House flags had already been lowered to half staff to honor Bush.
"The president and first lady were notified late last night of President George H.W. Bush's passing," the statement said. "President Trump is scheduled to speak with President George W. Bush this morning and offer his condolences on behalf of himself, the first lady, and the entire country. A state funeral is being arranged with all of the accompanying support and honors. The president will designate Wednesday, December 5th as a National Day Of Mourning. He and the first lady will attend the funeral at the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C."
Significant dates in the life of former U.S. President George H.W. Bush.
1924 — George H.W. Bush is born June 12 in Milton, Massachusetts, to Prescott Bush and Dorothy Walker Bush
1941 — A few weeks after the Japanese attack Pearl Harbor, Bush meets Barbara Pierce at a Christmas dance.
1942 — Enlists in the U.S. Navy on the day he turns 18 years old.
1943 — Becomes the youngest commissioned pilot in the naval air service.
1945 — Marries Barbara Pierce in January while on leave.
According to the U.S. State Funeral website, state funerals are traditionally held for current or former presidents and other officials designated by the president.
According to the website, a state funeral is a seven- to 10-day event and consists of three stages: ceremonies within the state in which the official was in residence, ceremonies within Washington, D.C., and then ceremonies in the state in which the individual has chosen to be interred.