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He did not attend the funeral this year of George H.W. Bush's former wife Barbara, even though former presidents Barack Obama, George W. Bush and Bill Clinton were there.

Bush's body was flown to Washington, D.C., on Monday. The former President, who suffered from a form of Parkinson's disease late in life, had used a wheelchair since 2012.

The military honor guard hefted his casket up the East Front steps and into the Rotunda - the same room he strolled as a congressman in the late 1960s, and which he later strode through in 1989, after taking the presidential oath of office on the Capitol's West Front steps. And flanked by statues of his fellow champions whom he joined in making that story possible.

"As much as our family is going to miss this dog, we're comforted to know he'll bring the same joy to his new home, Walter Reed, that he brought to 41", George W. Bush wrote on Instagram.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott issued an executive order to close state agencies, offices and departments.

Pelosi and Chuck Schumer, the Senate Democratic leader, placed wreaths in the short ceremony before the rotunda was opened to the public.

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Vice President Mike Pence delivered a speech.

Sent off from Texas with a 21-gun salute, Bush's casket was carried to Joint Base Andrews outside the capital city aboard an aircraft that often serves as Air Force One and designated "Special Air Mission 41" in honor of Bush's place on the chronological list of presidents.

"President Bush is the first president I ever voted for", said Carrie Hutchman of Mariana, Ohio. "Honestly I just liked him", he said.

As official Washington paid its respects inside the Capitol, Americans queued up outside the Capitol Visitor Center for their chance.

Christy Smith paused over the weekend to pay her respects to Bush at a bronze statue of him at a Houston park. "So we got quite a lot done", Dole said. Bush was a pilot in the Navy who served in World War II. Bush will also be laid to rest next to Robin Bush, the family's 3-year-old daughter Pauline Robinson Bush, who died of leukemia 65 years ago.

"I think maybe people need to start thinking about that a bit more", she said, "following that set of values, not fighting with each other, agreeing to disagree, doing what we're supposed to do, take care of each other ... not be at odds with each other all the time".