Washington DC, the United States capital on Wednesday bid its final farewell to the country’s late former President, George Herbert Walker Bush in a service of prayer and praise that drew high profile dignitaries from across the world.
The ceremony which was held at the Washington National Cathedral, the nexus of state funerals capped three days of remembrance by dignitaries and ordinary citizens as they honoured the Republican president who oversaw the post-Cold War transition and prosecuted a successful Gulf War.
The four living ex-presidents of the US namely Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama were among those at the funeral ceremony. Current President, Donald Trump was also in attendance.
Others in attendance were King Abdullah of Jordan, Germany’s Chancellor, Angela Merkel, Polish President, Andrzej Duda and representatives of more than a dozen countries.
On Tuesday, soldiers, citizens in wheelchairs and long lines of others on foot wound through the Capitol Rotunda to view Bush’s casket and honour the late 41st US president whose legacy included outstanding World War military service and a landmark law affirming the rights of the disabled.
Interestingly, members of the public who never voted for Bush waited in the same long lines as the rest, attesting that Bush possessed the dignity and grace that deserved to be remembered by their presence on a cold overcast day in the capital.