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Bush funeral service begins at Houston church

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette logoPittsburgh Post-Gazette 6/12/2018 Associated Press
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Funeral services have begun at a Houston church for George H.W. Bush, the last public remembrance for the former president who will be laid to rest Thursday.

About 1,200 mourners were expected at St. Martin’s Episcopal Church for the service, which will include eulogies from Bush’s secretary of state, James Baker, and his grandson, George P. Bush.

The funeral follows three days of events in Washington that honored the 41st president.

After the Houston funeral, a special train painted to resemble Air Force One will carry Bush’s casket, family and close friends about 70 miles to College Station, where he will be buried in a private service alongside his late wife, Barbara Bush, and their daughter Robin, who died of leukemia in 1953 at age 3.

Mr. Bush died last week. He was 94.

In addition to political dignitaries, many sports stars were on hand for Thursday’s service.

Former basketball star Yao Ming and Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt are among those in attendance. Baseball Hall of Famers Nolan Ryan and Jeff Bagwell were also present.

Mr. Bush was a fan of his hometown teams. He joined his son, former President George W. Bush, on the field before Game 5 of the 2017 World Series in Houston.

Astros owner Drayton McLane and former Los Angeles Dodgers manager Tommy Lasorda are also in attendance.

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