Death and state funeral of George H. W. Bush facts for kids

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The official portrait of George H. W. Bush

On November 30, 2018, George H. W. Bush died at his home in Houston, Texas. Bush was the 41st President of the United States, the 43rd Vice President of the United States, the former Director of Central Intelligence, and a former member of the United States House of Representatives. This happened nearly 8 months after the death of his wife Barbara Bush in April.

Bush was the first president to die since Gerald Ford in 2006, and, at the age of 94 years and 171 days, he surpassed Ford for the title of longest-lived U.S. president in history.

Shortly after news broke of Bush's death, on December 5, 2018, Donald Trump declared a National Day of Mourning and ordered all flags "throughout the United States and its Territories and possessions" lowered to half staff for the remainder of the year.

The state funeral of Bush is the official funerary rites conducted by the Government of the United States. He will be interred at the George Bush Presidential Library. The state funeral and respective activities are scheduled to occur over a period of four days from December 3 to December 6, 2018.

Events

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Bush's casket at the United States Capitol Building

The corps of cadets of the United States Military Academy, United States Air Force Academy, and United States Coast Guard Academy, and the corps of midshipmen of the United States Naval Academy are to be immediately assembled to be officially informed of the death by the superintendents of their respective institutions.

Very early on the morning of December 1, 2018, the flags at the White House were lowered to half staff.

State funeral

President Donald Trump salutes at the casket of former President George H. W. Bush
President Donald Trump salutes at the casket of former President George H. W. Bush

Before his death, Bush filed a 211-page document with the Military District of Washington, which had a request for an aerial flyover of fighter jets in missing man formation by the United States Air Force during his state funeral, as well as final interment and burial to occur at the George Bush Presidential Library in College Station, Texas.

Bush made plans for a national funeral service to be held at Washington National Cathedral in Washington, D.C.

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