Here’s how you can pay your respects to the late President George HW Bush

Matt Saintsing
December 03, 2018 - 11:53 am

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Those who wish to pay their final respects to President George H.W. Bush can do so Monday evening at the U.S. Capitol Rotunda, where the former president will lie in state until Wednesday morning. 

An arrival ceremony will be held at 4:45 p.m. Monday at the U.S. Capitol, hosted by Republican and Democratic leaders of the House and Senate. The public will be able to visit the casket from 7:30 p.m. through 7:00 a.m. Wednesday. 

Authorities are asking visitors to pack light to make the security screening less onerous. Bags must be smaller than 18 inches wide, 14 inches in height, and 8.5 inches deep. Packages, flowers, sealed envelopes, and weapons are prohibited. 

Mobile phones will be permitted, but all electronic devices must be shut off while in the Capitol. Recording of any kind is also prohibited.

President Trump has declared Wednesday a national day of mourning, and issued an executive order to close federal offices, “as a mark of respect.” 

At 11 a.m. on Wednesday, family, and friends will gather at the National Cathedral in Washington for a funeral service. Departure for the funeral is at 12:30 p.m. 

The last President to lie in state following his death was Gerald Ford on Dec. 26, 2006. Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), who passed away from brain cancer in August, also laid in state at the Capitol Rotunda. 

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