George H.W. Bush to lie in state at US Capitol

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FILE – In this May 11, 2008 file photo, former President George H.W. Bush arrives on the South Lawn of White House in Washington. Bush died at the age of 94 on Friday, Nov. 30, 2018, about eight months after the death of his wife, Barbara Bush. (AP Photo/Lawrence Jackson, File)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former President George H.W. Bush will lie in state in the Capitol Rotunda next week.

The 41st president died late Friday, less than a year after the passing of his wife of 73 years, former first lady Barbara Bush.

The leaders of Congress from both parties say an arrival ceremony will be held for the former president on Monday at 5 p.m. EST. The public is invited to pay respects beginning Monday at 7:30 p.m. EST through Wednesday at 7 a.m.

House Speaker Paul Ryan, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer and House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi say the Bush family will announce additional details about funeral arrangements beyond the Capitol ceremony.

President Donald Trump is ordering federal offices to be closed Wednesday to honor former President George H.W. Bush.

Trump signed an executive order Saturday, a day after Bush’s death, directing federal agencies and departments to close “as a mark of respect for George Herbert Walker Bush, the forty-first President of the United States.”

Trump had already proclaimed Wednesday a national day of mourning.

The White House announced Bush will be honored with a state funeral and said President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump will attend a service at Washington’s National Cathedral.

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