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George H.W. Bush is laid to rest at his presidential library in College Station

December 6, 2018

COLLEGE STATION — More than 2,000 students in the Texas A&M Corps of Cadets stood at attention along the road as President George H.W. Bush’s casket was driven to his presidential library and final resting place.

Bush was buried on the grounds Thursday, beside wife Barbara Bush and daughter Robin, who died at age 3 from leukemia.

The service was private. But overhead, beneath an overcast sky and in the drizzling rain, the Navy performed an unprecedented “missing man” formation with 21 aircraft. The jets flew in groups of four and in the final passover a single aircraft peeled off from the rest, signifying the loss of an aviator.

Afterward, the sounds of a 21-gun salute reverberated across the grounds.

Bush chose Texas A&M in 1991 to host his presidential library and a graduate school of government and public service. A Navy pilot, Bush’s plane was shot down over the Pacific in World War II. He was rescued and went on to have a 40-year career in public service.

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