Former U.S. President George H.W. Bush will be mourned on Thursday at the Houston church where he worshipped for many years, a final public farewell before his remains are taken by train to their resting place at his Texas presidential library.
Before the public started walking past Bush's casket, US political dignitaries praised him as an American hero in World War II, a statesman, a world leader and, perhaps most of all, as a decent man full of grace.
George HW Bush was remembered just feet away from what he called "Democracy's front porch", the west-facing steps of the Capitol where he was sworn in as president. Bob Dole, a compatriot in war, peace and political struggle, steadied himself out of his wheelchair and saluted his old friend and one-time rival.
Bush, who died Friday at the age of 94, will be memorialized on Wednesday at the National Cathedral in Washington.
Bush's son George W. Bush, the nation's 43rd president, posted the photograph on Instagram, with a message announcing Sully's transfer to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in suburban Maryland.
Bush then shook hands with former President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama, causing her to smile when he passed her what appeared to be a piece of candy.
House Speaker Paul Ryan said "here lies a great man, a gentle soul".
Trump also said he will visit the Bush family on Tuesday at the Blair House, near the White House.
Shortly before leaving the service, he married 19-year-old Barbara Pierce, and forged the longest presidential marriage in U.S. history.
Firefighters rehearse putting an American flag on an overpass above the rail lines where Union Pacific No. 4141 will be bearing the coffin of President George H.W. Bush on December 05, 2018 in Tomball, Texas.
Courts across Maryland will also be closed on Wednesday in honor of the former President.