In this July 15, 2013, photo, President Barack Obama, right, with former President George H.W. Bush, left, present the 5,000th Daily Point of Light Award to Floyd Hammer and Kathy Hamilton, center, from Union, Iowa, in the East Room of the White House in Washington.
Its culmination will be a state funeral at Washington National Cathedral on Wednesday, which US President Donald Trump - who had often clashed with the more staid and centrist Bush family - has declared a national day of mourning.
Over the weekend, we learned of the passing of George H.W. Bush, the 41st president of the United States of America, at age 94. Flags on public buildings are flying at half-staff for 30 days out of respect for Bush.
After, he will lie in repose at Houston's St. Martin's Episcopal Church before his remains are transferred via rail to the Bush Presidential Library at Texas A&M University, where he ultimately will be buried. Many have also heralded Bush's 73-year marriage to his wife, Barbara Bush, who died months before her husband in April 2018.
The entire campus, except for dining services, will be closed for the day.
Many spoke of Bush's role in a bygone era of bipartisan civility in USA politics, a sharp contrast to today's bitter divisions in the age of President Donald Trump, a fellow Republican.
His remains are scheduled to arrive at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland on Monday afternoon and later will begin lying in state at the U.S. Capitol. The couple was married for 73 years, longer than any other USA presidential couple.
It features a photograph of Sully laying down in front of Bush and Bill Clinton, the man who defeated him in the 1992 presidential race.
The casket will then be transported to the cathedral for the funeral service - the fourth there of a former president.
"He said, 'Thank you, Mr. President.' And that's pretty much all that was said for a while".
A humble hero of World War II, Bush was just 20 when he survived being shot down during a bombing run over a Japanese island. He would go on to serve as ambassador to the United Nations and China, head of the Central Intelligence Agency and chairman of the Republican National Committee before being elected to two terms as Ronald Reagan's vice president. The two men struck up a close friendship.
Bush replied: "Good, that's where I want to go".