Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell opened a session of the Senate on Monday heralding the "daring" former naval aviator, former director of the Central Intelligence Agency and president who won the Gulf War against the forces of Iraq's President Saddam Hussein. Like Bush, Dole is also a World War II veteran.
The Episcopal service will include four eulogies, from Bush's son, the former president, former Canadian Prime Minister Brian Mulroney, former Senator Alan Simpson and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Evan Meacham, who wrote a biography of Bush.
Bush passed away on Friday at the age of 94.
President Donald Trump, first lady Melania Trump, former President Barack Obama, Michelle Obama, former President Bill Clinton, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, former President Jimmy Carter, former applaud during a State Funeral for former President George H.W. Bush at the National Cathedral, Dec. 5, 2018, in Washington. The sweet exchange caught on camera of grieving former US President and former first lady at the funeral services is now going viral. The late President Bush called Trump a "blowhard". "We spent a week there working with President Bush's team", Hibbard said.
"Here lies a great man", said Rep. Paul Ryan, the House speaker, and "a gentle soul".
Bush was elected president in 1988 after serving two terms as President Ronald Reagan's vice president.
The queen and Philip weren't the only ones who visited with and had a close relationship with George H.W. Bush.
His final resting place will be alongside Barbara Bush, his wife of 73 years who died in April, and Robin Bush, the daughter they lost to leukaemia in 1953 aged three.