The funeral for former President George H.W. Bush took place in Washington, D.C., at the Washington National Cathedral, on Wednesday. His casket had left the Capitol Rotunda earlier on Wednesday.
Bush’s son, former President George W. Bush, delivered the Presidential eulogy commemorating his father, CNN reported. At an unprecedented Presidential funeral, the current sitting President did not eulogize the late former President, due to the Bush family’s unique Presidential makeup.
The younger Bush was the last person to speak to Bush Sr. before he died, as the two exchanged “I love you’s.”
The younger referred to his father as “the best dad” and a “man of the highest character,” according to Fox News.
Bush’s daughters, Jenna and Barbara, said during an interview with NBC’s Today Show co-host Savannah Guthrie that their father was having a difficult time preparing for the eulogy, People Magazine reported.
“He lost his father and is also devastated, so to be able to get through the eulogy without breaking down is something else that he’s working on,” Barbara said.
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President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump attended the ceremonies.
Former Presidents Barack Obama, Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter also attended with their First Ladies, as well as the children of late Presidents.
Foreign leaders such as German Chancellor Angela Merkel, King Abdullah II of Jordan and Prince Charles of Wales were also scheduled to attend.
Bush Sr. passed away in his Houston home late Friday at the age of 94. He battled vascular parkinsonism and was repeatedly hospitalized for pneumonia and other respiratory conditions over the past few years.
“We’ll be spending three days of mourning and three days of celebrating a really great man’s life,” Trump said while Argentina for the G20 summit over the weekend. “So, we look forward to doing that, and he certainly deserves it. He really does. He was a very special person.”
Bush Sr.’s casket was transported via Air Force One to Washington on Monday where it remained in the Capitol Rotunda for the public to pay their respects until Wednesday morning. President Trump declared Wednesday a National Day of Mourning to honor the late President.
After Wednesday’s services, the President’s remains will be carried one last time back to Houston where another ceremony will take place at the St. Martin’s Episcopal Church on Thursday.
The former President’s final resting place will be the George Bush H.W. Presidential Library Center at Texas A&M University. He will be buried alongside his wife Barbara who died in April this year, and their daughter Robin, who died in 1953.
The late President leaves behind five children: former President George W. Bush, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, businessmen Neil Bush and Marvin Bush, and author Dorothy Bush Koch.
This article has been updated to reflect that the funeral has taken place, after initial publication that it was taking place live.