In addition to Wednesday being designated as a National Day of Mourning, a state funeral is being planned for former President George H.W. Bush. He served as the nation’s 41st president after a career of public service that included jobs as vice president, ambassador, CIA director and a member of Congress.
According to White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders, President Trump and the first lady were notified late last night of President George H.W. Bush’s passing. Trump is in Argentina for the G20 summit. He was planning to speak to former President George W. Bush Saturday morning by telephone and offer his condolences on behalf of himself, the first lady, and the entire country.
A state funeral is being arranged with all of the accompanying support and honors, Sander said in a statement.
The president and first lady will attend the funeral scheduled for Wednesday at the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C.
Before his funeral, Bush will lie in state in the Capitol Rotunda in Washington, D.C., from Monday evening through Wednesday morning.
He will be buried Thursday on the grounds of his presidential library at Texas A&M University in the family plot beside his wife Barbara who died in April and their three-year-old daughter Robin, who died in 1953.
Texas A&M University President Michael Young told The Associated Press no classes will be held on the day of Bush’s burial.
Bush didn’t attend Texas A&M but in 1991 chose the campus as the library’s site.