George H.W. Bush lies in state in Washington

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The United States Postal Service will suspend regular mail deliveries, retail services and administrative office activity. "The Iraq war, the falling of the Berlin Wall, he wasn't (saying) that's all about me", Theresa Murphy, 64, a retired NY high school history teacher, said on Monday. Later, he will lie in state at the U.S. Capitol. The Supreme Court is delaying arguments by a day for the national day of mourning.

A long motorcade accompanied the hearse carrying Bush's remains from a Houston funeral home to nearby Ellington Field for the trip to the nation's capital on an aircraft that often serves as Air Force One.

Bush is shown with his son George W. Bush, who would later become USA president, and wife Barbara Bush in Rye, N.Y., in 1955. His body arrived at Joint Base Andrews.

Houston will host a public tribute to Bush on Monday night.

Bush had come to be known in recent years for his colorful and symbolic use of socks, wearing different pairs to express his mood or mark occasions.

Baker said Bush's last words, in a phone conversation with son George W. Bush, were these: "I love you too".

Hundreds of others joined the Deanses on Monday in lines that meandered around the Capitol complex to be among the first wave of public visitors to honor the 41st president, who was remembered during an earlier ceremony for his military career, his leadership and his influence at the highest levels of government.

The Trumps made a brief visit to the Capitol rotunda, where Bush's flag-draped casket lay, as part of tributes to the 41st United States president. A state funeral is being arranged with all of the accompanying support and honors.

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On Monday, the former first lady tweeted that she would be cancelling planned stops in Paris and Berlin on December 5 and 6 to attend the funeral of President George H.W. Bush.

In a eulogy, House Speaker Paul Ryan said: "Here lies a great man", adding that "no-one better harmonised the joy of life and the duty of life".

My grandfather was the greatest man I ever knew. Mr Bush himself seemed to be holding back tears. The casket will be in a auto with Plexiglas windows to allow people to see it during the trip, according to family spokesman Jim McGrath. Public visitation hours began at 7:30 p.m. and were slated to continue until Wednesday at 8:45 a.m.

Bush died Friday at his home in Houston at 94.

Shortly before leaving the service, he married his 19-year-old sweetheart, Barbara Pierce, and forged the longest presidential marriage in US history. After an official ceremony, thousands of Americans are expected to file in to pay their final respects to Bush.

McGrath and the presidential library didn't immediately respond to requests for comment.

Sully waits as a joint services military honor guard carries the flag-draped casket during a departure ceremony to Washington D.

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