Family, friends recall the 'profound legacy' of George H.W. Bush

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George W. Bush, who followed his father to the White House after President Bill Clinton's 2 terms, sat in a front pew near the flag-draped casket and joined in as some 1,000 mourners sang "America the handsome".

Grandson George P Bush, the only member of the political dynasty still holding elected office, said of his grandfather: "He left a simple, yet profound legacy to his children, to his grandchildren and to his country: service".

The train travelled roughly 70 miles to the family plot on the grounds of Mr Bush's presidential library at Texas A&M University.

Following the funeral, as the motorcade carrying Bush's remains sped down a closed highway from the church to the train station, construction workers on all levels of an unfinished building paused to watch, while a man sitting on a ferris wheel near the aquarium in downtown Houston waved. Bush's final resting place is alongside his wife, Barbara, and Robin Bush, the daughter they lost to leukemia at age 3. "I'm a big fan", they recalled Bush telling them.

The 41st president was given a home state farewell after a week of national remembrance followed his death on Friday 30 November.

Some people laid coins along the tracks that wound through small town Texas so a 420,000-pound locomotive pulling the nation's first funeral train in almost half a century could crunch them into souvenirs.

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Residents of small towns along the route gathered to wave at the train, a Union Pacific Corp locomotive numbered 4141 and bearing the name "George Bush 41" on the side, as it passed.

McCain was last in the nation's capital at the end of August, when her husband's casket lay in state at the Capitol Rotunda.

Thousands paid respects there to a statesman who steered the nation through turbulent times including the end of the Cold War and the marshaling of an worldwide coalition to oust invading Iraqi forces from Kuwait.

"It was an honor and privilege to sing at President George H.W. Bush's funeral this morning", the star wrote on Twitter, "I will never forget the time we shared together".

Baker began the eulogy Thursday with an apology. At times choking back tears, Baker praised Bush as "a handsome human being" who had "the courage of a warrior". "But when the time came for prudence, he always maintained the greater courage of a peacemaker".

The Grammy victor began honoring George H.W. Bush when she heard he passed away last Friday.

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Bush was a decorated World War II aviator who almost died when he was shot down on a bombing mission.

As the country queen, 63, sang, the younger Bush could be seen wiping a tear from his eye as he sat in the front row next to Bush family members, including his wife, former first lady Laura Bush, and his brother, former Florida Governor Jeb Bush.

Son George delivered an emotional eulogy in tribute to his father.

The late George H.W. Bush may have been an admired USA presidentand a jovial, good-hearted family man, but he was also something else - a huge country music fan.

As Trump toned down the rhetoric this week, Washington's political heat was reduced from a normal boil to a simmer.

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