George HW Bush's final journey to the Capitol

George HW Bush service dog Sully lies in front of casket

George HW Bush service dog Sully lies in front of casket

The organization said Sully will be joining Walter Reed National Military Medical Center's facility dog program following his service with the late president. The casket was flown in from Ellington Field Joint Reserve Base, a Texas Air National Guard base, aboard an aircraft that often serves as Air Force One. Eastern time on Monday.

It features a photograph of Sully laying down in front of Bush and Bill Clinton, the man who defeated him in the 1992 presidential race.

The body of former US President George HW Bush has arrived at the US Capitol in Washington, where mourners will pay tribute to the man who led the nation as the Cold War ended. A WWII combat veteran, Bush served as a member of Congress from Texas, ambassador to the United Nations, director of the Central Intelligence Agency, vice president and 41st president of the United States.

Bush, who was president from 1989 to 1993, will lie in state beneath the soaring U.S. Capitol rotunda for a ceremony and public visitation from Monday through Wednesday. John McCain was the last public figure to lie in state there. Bush called McCain "a patriot of the highest order" following his death. America's VetDogs, which trains and places dogs with veterans and first-responders, put Sully with Bush earlier this year and announced Sunday the dog will join Walter Reed National Military Medical Center's facility dog program after a stop in NY.

Bush is the first president to lie in state since Gerald Ford, following his death in 2006.

Following the funeral, Bush will return to Joint Base Andrews at 1:15 p.m. and depart back to Houston. Central time on Wednesday. A funeral service is set for Wednesday at the National Cathedral.

In this October 22, 2010 photo, Former President George H.W. Bush, left, and golfing great Arnold Palmer acknowledge the gallery at the Champions Tour golf tournament in The Woodlands, Texas. Bush, an admirer of trains, has had a special one with a glass viewing vehicle created to carry his remains to internment. His final resting place will be alongside Barbara Bush, his wife of 73 years who died in April at the age of 92, and Robin Bush, the daughter they lost to leukemia in 1953 at age three.

In Texas, students, staff and visitors have been flocking to Bush's presidential library on the campus of Texas A&M University in College Station.

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