Bush's funeral task force is 4,000 strong

Elizabeth Howe
December 04, 2018 - 11:11 am

Photo courtesy of Dana M Clarke/DVIDS


41's time in the military defined his legacy — so it's only appropriate that the military play just as significant a role in his final ceremonies.  

The planning for Bush's state funeral has been years in the making. The military groups have been rehearsaling for the specific ceremonies, including the funeral ceremony in Houston, since Sunday (pictured in the photo above and below).


The military task force behind Former President George H.W. Bush's ceremonies and funeral is 4,000 strong and includes personnel from every branch of the Armed Forces according to Military.com

The military's tasks are organized in three stages: ceremonies in Houston, ceremonies in D.C., and internment ceremonies in Houston. Specific duties include band performances, family escorts, color guards, salute batteries, honor cordons, and casket bearers.


"We, the men and women of the Department of Defense, are honored and proud to support the Bush family, and will do so with the utmost respect," Army Maj. Gen. Michael L. Howard, commander of JFH-NCR and the Military District of Washington told Military.com. "This state funeral is a culmination of years of planning and rehearsal to ensure the support the military renders President Bush is nothing less than a first-class tribute."

Photos courtesy of DVIDS, Old Guard, USA Today