George HW Bush's service dog Sully pays touching last tribute

Empty hall outside the Senate chamber of Capitol Hill the day after Congress was up all night to halt a shutdown overnight

Empty hall outside the Senate chamber of Capitol Hill the day after Congress was up all night to halt a shutdown overnight

The official schedule for ceremonies honoring the late George H.W. Bush was released on Saturday.

Bush will be the first late President to be carried to his final resting place by train since Dwight Eisenhower journeyed from Washington, Abilene, Kansas in 1969.

Secret Service personnel who had been assigned to protecting George H.W. Bush are serving as honorary pallbearers as his remains begin making their way from Houston to a state funeral in Washington.

The image, which was posted on the dog's own Instagram account and reposted by the 41st President's son George W Bush, who was the 43rd President, shows the labrador lying in faithful vigil by the side of his owner.

The Bushes will join other family at Joint Base Andrews for the afternoon arrival of the presidential aircraft carrying the casket, being called "Special Air Mission 41".

The Capitol will be open for dignitaries and the public to pay their respects through early Wednesday, with visitors allowed to walk past Bush's casket.

X-Men actress Olivia Munn shared the photo, saying: "President George H.W. Bush".

This week will see four days of events including a state funeral at the National Cathedral in the U.S. capital on Wednesday. This website is not intended for users located within the European Economic Area.

The former president got Sully through America's VetDogs over the summer, about two months after the death of former first lady Barbara Bush, his wife of 73 years.

The honorary pallbearers in Washington - for both Bush's entry into the Rotunda and the National Cathedral - will be Navy captains and admirals who have commanded the USS George H.W. Bush and members of the carrier strike group.

The picture was posted on Twitter by Bush's longtime aide and friend, Jim McGrath. "Thank you for your lifetime of service Mr. President!"

From there, the president's casket will be taken to the U.S. Capitol in Washington.

Bush will then be returned to Houston for burial Thursday at his presidential library at Texas A&M University.

The entire campus, except for dining services, will be closed for the day.

"It's pretty obvious as people look back, and as people are recollecting the Bush presidency, it looks a heck of a lot better than it did at the end of it", he said.

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