Convoy bearing George H.W. Bush leaves National Cathedral for his return to Texas

December 5, 2018

The Washington segments of George H.W. Bush’s state funeral continued outside the National Cathedral with a departure ceremony, one of the half-dozen formal events in the nation’s capital since Monday. With Bush’s family trailing behind, pall bearers carried Bush’s casket to the black hearse bearing the presidential seal as a military band played “Hail to the Chief.”

At 12:20 Houston time, the door to the hearse was closed. Eight minutes later, the motorcade began its journey to Joint Base Andrews in Maryland, for another ceremony prior to the flight to Ellington Field in Houston for ongoing events honoring the 41st president.

People turned out by the thousands to pay their respects during Bush’s final trip to the nation’s capital, where he became a revered global leader as president and, before that, vice president.

In Bush’s 35 hours lying in state in the Capitol Rotunda, 42,000 people came to pass by the casket.

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