He died aged 94 in Houston, Texas. Howard heads the Joint Force Headquarters-National Capital Region, the almost 4,000-strong military task force that is overseeing the funeral. Trump also announced that he'll be sending one of the Boeing 747s that serves as Air Force One to Houston to transport Bush's casket to Washington, D.C. At 5:15 p.m. ET, another ceremony and interment will be held.
Today, his casket arrives at the US Capitol, where he'll lie in state.
Retired general Colin Powell, who as chair of the Joint Chiefs of Staff was George H.W. Bush's top military adviser, said Bush was the "perfect American" for serving his country in so many different capacities and should be remembered for "a life of quality, a life of honour, a life of honesty, a life of total concern for the American people". And flags on public buildings are flying at half-staff for 30 days in honor of Bush.
The high point of the commemorations, planned with military precision by a Pentagon task force, will come Wednesday with a state funeral at Washington National Cathedral - the first presidential funeral since Gerald Ford died in 2006.
The church will also hold a second memorial service for the former president at 11 a.m. ET Thursday. "I count myself lucky for many reasons; but for the opportunity to call George Bush a mentor, I can't help but think I'm the luckiest man in America".
The train will take about two and a half hours to make the roughly 70-mile trip through Hufsmith, Pinehurst, Magnolia, Todd Mission, Stoneham, Navasota, Millican, and Wellborn. On Thursday, it will be buried on the grounds of Bush's presidential library at Texas A&M University.
"As a true patriot and a visionary, President Bush will forever be viewed by people with disabilities and their families as a hero through his efforts to enact the Americans with Disabilities Act". He would go on to serve as ambassador to the United Nations and China, head of the Central Intelligence Agency and chairman of the Republican National Committee before being elected to two terms as Ronald Reagan's vice-president. He spent time with his large family, thereafter, while his public agenda included a number of philanthropic activities.
Alexandra Horowitz, a psychologist who heads the canine cognition lab at Barnard College, says that dogs stay with their masters after they've died because they don't know that death is irreversible.
George H.W. Bush, right, is about to pin a lieutenant bar on his son, George W. Bush, after the younger Bush was made an officer in the Texas Air National Guard in Ellington Field, Texas in 1968. After being diagnosed with Parkinson's disease, Bush needed a motorized scooter or wheelchair to get around.