In pictures: A nation mourns as the 41st president George HW Bush is laid to rest

Former President George H.W. Bush
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Former President George H.W. Bush

Wednesday is a national day of mourning for the 41st president of the United States as George Herbert Walker Bush's life was being celebrated at the Washington National Cathedral.

Bush died on Friday in Houston at age 94. His body was flown to Washington on Monday and was brought to the U.S. Capitol, where the Republican former president had lain in state in the Rotunda starting that night.

Former presidents, dignitaries and ordinary Americans paid their respects at the Capitol. The funeral was being held at the cathedral, a day before Bush was to be buried next to his wife, Barbara, at the George Bush Presidential Library on the campus of Texas A&M University near Houston.

The following are photos of the past few days of memorial services for the 41st president.

George H.W. Bush's coffin arrives at the U.S. Capitol

Former first lady Laura Bush and former President George W. Bush look on as the casket of his father, the late former President George H.W. Bush, arrives at the U.S. Capitol, December 3, 2018 in Washington, DC. 
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Former first lady Laura Bush and former President George W. Bush look on as the casket of his father, the late former President George H.W. Bush, arrives at the U.S. Capitol, December 3, 2018 in Washington, DC. 

A former president lies in state

Former President George H.W. Bush lies in State at the U.S. Capitol Rotunda, Monday, Dec. 3, 2018.
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Former President George H.W. Bush lies in State at the U.S. Capitol Rotunda, Monday, Dec. 3, 2018.

The 43rd president and wife Laura mourns his father

Former President George W. Bush and former first lady Laura Bush stand at the flag-draped casket of former U.S. President George H.W. Bush as it lies in state inside the U.S. Capitol Rotunda, December 4, 2018. 
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Former President George W. Bush and former first lady Laura Bush stand at the flag-draped casket of former U.S. President George H.W. Bush as it lies in state inside the U.S. Capitol Rotunda, December 4, 2018. 

Former Sen. Bob Dole pays respects to his fellow WWII veteran

Former Sen. Bob Dole salutes the casket of former President George H.W. Bush, U.S. Capitol, December 4, 2018 in Washington, DC. 
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Former Sen. Bob Dole salutes the casket of former President George H.W. Bush, U.S. Capitol, December 4, 2018 in Washington, DC. 

'Sully' the service dog lies by his master's side

Sully, the service dog of former President George H.W. Bush in his final months, lays in front of Bush's casket at the George H. Lewis & Sons funeral home in Houston, Dec. 3, 2018. 
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Sully, the service dog of former President George H.W. Bush in his final months, lays in front of Bush's casket at the George H. Lewis & Sons funeral home in Houston, Dec. 3, 2018. 

Colin Powell and other former military officials from the Gulf War salute

Former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and former Secretary of State Colin Powell (C) and former military officials from the Gulf War salute the casket of the late former President George H.W. Bush as he lies in state at the U.S. Capitol, December 4, 2018.
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Former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and former Secretary of State Colin Powell (C) and former military officials from the Gulf War salute the casket of the late former President George H.W. Bush as he lies in state at the U.S. Capitol, December 4, 2018.

Former and present CIA directors pay their respects

Former Directors of the CIA George Tenet, John Brennan, and current CIA Director Gina Haspel pay their respects at the casket of the late former President George H.W. Bush as he lies in state at the U.S. Capitol, December 4, 2018. Bush had headed the agency.
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Former Directors of the CIA George Tenet, John Brennan, and current CIA Director Gina Haspel pay their respects at the casket of the late former President George H.W. Bush as he lies in state at the U.S. Capitol, December 4, 2018. Bush had headed the agency.

President Trump and first lady Melania pay their respects

President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump pay their respects to former President George H.W. Bush as he lies in state in the US Capitol's rotunda December 3, 2018. 
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President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump pay their respects to former President George H.W. Bush as he lies in state in the US Capitol's rotunda December 3, 2018. 

The Capitol Rotunda

The flag-draped casket of former President George H.W. Bush in the Capitol Rotunda on December 5, 2018.
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The flag-draped casket of former President George H.W. Bush in the Capitol Rotunda on December 5, 2018.

Flags fly at half-staff

The U.S. Capitol is seen through American flags flying at half staff as former U.S. President George H.W. Bush lies in state at the Capitol Rotunda, Dec. 3, 2018. 
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The U.S. Capitol is seen through American flags flying at half staff as former U.S. President George H.W. Bush lies in state at the Capitol Rotunda, Dec. 3, 2018. 

George H.W. Bush leaves the Capitol Building

The casket with the remains of former President George H.W. Bush departs the Capitol during a state funeral, December 5, 2018. 
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The casket with the remains of former President George H.W. Bush departs the Capitol during a state funeral, December 5, 2018. 

The Bush family outside the Capitol Building

Former President George W. Bush, second from right, former first lady Laura Bush and Neil and Sharon Bush stand as a joint services military honor guard carries the flag-draped casket of former President George H.W. Bush outside the Capitol to a hearse for the trip to Washington National Cathedral.
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Former President George W. Bush, second from right, former first lady Laura Bush and Neil and Sharon Bush stand as a joint services military honor guard carries the flag-draped casket of former President George H.W. Bush outside the Capitol to a hearse for the trip to Washington National Cathedral.

Brothers in arms

Former President George W. Bush (R) and his brother, former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, arrive for the funeral service for their father, former President George H. W. Bush, at the Washington National Cathedral.
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Former President George W. Bush (R) and his brother, former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, arrive for the funeral service for their father, former President George H. W. Bush, at the Washington National Cathedral.

41's final pass by the White House

The hearse carrying the flag-draped casket of former President George H.W. Bush passes by the White House from the Capitol.
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The hearse carrying the flag-draped casket of former President George H.W. Bush passes by the White House from the Capitol.

Presidents of the United States

President Donald Trump with first lady Melania Trump, former President Barack Obama, former first lady Michelle Obama, former President Bill Clinton and former first lady Hillary Clinton, former President Jimmy Carter and first lady Rosalynn Carter at the state funeral for former U.S. President George H.W. Bush at the Washington National Cathedral.
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President Donald Trump with first lady Melania Trump, former President Barack Obama, former first lady Michelle Obama, former President Bill Clinton and former first lady Hillary Clinton, former President Jimmy Carter and first lady Rosalynn Carter at the state funeral for former U.S. President George H.W. Bush at the Washington National Cathedral.

George H.W. Bush arrives at Washington National Cathedral

The flag-draped casket of former President George H.W. Bush arrives carried by a military honor guard during a state funeral at the Washington National Cathedral.
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The flag-draped casket of former President George H.W. Bush arrives carried by a military honor guard during a state funeral at the Washington National Cathedral.

George W. Bush greets past and present presidents

Former President George W. Bush walks past President Donald Trump, first lady Melania Trump, former President Barack Obama, former first lady Michelle Obama, former President Bill Clinton, former first lady Hillary Clinton, former President Jimmy Carter and former first lady Rosalynn Carter at the state funeral for former President George H.W. Bush at the Washington National Cathedral.
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Former President George W. Bush walks past President Donald Trump, first lady Melania Trump, former President Barack Obama, former first lady Michelle Obama, former President Bill Clinton, former first lady Hillary Clinton, former President Jimmy Carter and former first lady Rosalynn Carter at the state funeral for former President George H.W. Bush at the Washington National Cathedral.

The casket is viewed

The casket is viewed during the funeral service for former President George H. W. Bush at the Washington National Cathedral.
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The casket is viewed during the funeral service for former President George H. W. Bush at the Washington National Cathedral.

Friendship

Former Prime Minister Brian Mulroney of Canada delivers a eulogy during for former President George H.W. Bush.
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Former Prime Minister Brian Mulroney of Canada delivers a eulogy during for former President George H.W. Bush.

A granddaughter bids farewell

Jenna Bush Hager, daughter of former President George W. Bush, touches the casket of her grandfather, former President George H.W. Bush at Washington's National Cathedral.
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Jenna Bush Hager, daughter of former President George W. Bush, touches the casket of her grandfather, former President George H.W. Bush at Washington's National Cathedral.

43 reflects on 41...

Former President George W. Bush becomes emotional as he speaks at his father's funeral.
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Former President George W. Bush becomes emotional as he speaks at his father's funeral.

... and bids farewell

Former President George W. Bush touches the casket of his father, former President George H.W. Bush.
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Former President George W. Bush touches the casket of his father, former President George H.W. Bush.

Military honor guard

A military honor guard carries the casket out of Washington's National Cathedral after the state funeral for former President George H.W. Bush.
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A military honor guard carries the casket out of Washington's National Cathedral after the state funeral for former President George H.W. Bush.

Leaving the cathedral

The flag-draped casket of former President George H.W. Bush is carried out of the National Cathedral by a military honor guard.
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The flag-draped casket of former President George H.W. Bush is carried out of the National Cathedral by a military honor guard.

Final trip home

A military honor guard carries the flag-draped casket of former President George H.W. Bush to "Special Air Mission 41," one of the Air Force One planes flown by President Bush when he was in office, to depart Washington for burial in Texas.
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A military honor guard carries the flag-draped casket of former President George H.W. Bush to "Special Air Mission 41," one of the Air Force One planes flown by President Bush when he was in office, to depart Washington for burial in Texas.

Train 4141

Union Pacific locomotive 4141, painted to look like Air Force One,  is readied to carry the nation's 41st president to his final resting place at the George Bush Presidential Library in College Station, Texas.
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Union Pacific locomotive 4141, painted to look like Air Force One, is readied to carry the nation's 41st president to his final resting place at the George Bush Presidential Library in College Station, Texas.

George H.W. Bush takes one last ride

The flag-draped casket of former President George H.W. Bush is carried by a military honor guard on December 6, 2018 in Houston.
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The flag-draped casket of former President George H.W. Bush is carried by a military honor guard on December 6, 2018 in Houston.

The casket of George H.W. Bush on Union Pacific 4141

The flag-draped casket of former President George H.W. Bush passes through Magnolia, Texas, Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018, along the route from Spring to College Station, Texas. 
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The flag-draped casket of former President George H.W. Bush passes through Magnolia, Texas, Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018, along the route from Spring to College Station, Texas. 

Texans bid farewll to Bush 41

People pay their respects as the train carrying the casket of former President George H.W. Bush passes Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018, along the route from Spring to College Station, Texas.
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People pay their respects as the train carrying the casket of former President George H.W. Bush passes Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018, along the route from Spring to College Station, Texas.

RIP 41

Members of the public line the route to pay their respects as the train carrying former President George H.W. Bush to his final resting place passes by on December 6, 2018 in Texas. 
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Members of the public line the route to pay their respects as the train carrying former President George H.W. Bush to his final resting place passes by on December 6, 2018 in Texas. 

The hearse arrives for the internment ceremony

The hearse arrives for the internment ceremony with the body of former US President George H.W. Bush at the George H.W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum in College Station, Texas.
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The hearse arrives for the internment ceremony with the body of former US President George H.W. Bush at the George H.W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum in College Station, Texas.

Goodbye, Mr. President

Former President George H.W. Bush throws up a peace sign to the crowd as he arrives at the dedication of the Mathew J. Lanigan bridge Friday, May 19, 2017.
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Former President George H.W. Bush throws up a peace sign to the crowd as he arrives at the dedication of the Mathew J. Lanigan bridge Friday, May 19, 2017.