Bush's final journey: By motorcade, plane and train

The American flag files at half-staff at the White House. AP

The casket will then be flown back on the presidential plane to Houston, where the former head of state will lie in repose at St Martin's Episcopal Church - where the Bushes worshiped for decades - until a funeral service at 1700 GMT Thursday.

The 54-year-old mother of two - America's first African American first lady and wife of the first black USA president - is wildly popular at home and overseas, loved for her warm personality, intelligence and women's activism.

The Bush's family spokesman, Jim McGrath, posted the picture of the yellow Labrador retriever called Sully on Twitter with the caption "Mission complete".

"I invite the people of the world who share our grief to join us in this solemn observance", he said in a December 1 proclamation.

FILE - Former President George H.W. Bush attends a ceremony to unveil a new garden named in his wife's honor, Sept 29, 2011, in Kennebunkport, Maine.

Box Office Collection in South India
Out of the ₹74 crore, the Hindi version of 2.0 contributed about ₹21 crore, while collections from Tamil Nadu stood at ₹20 crore. Directed by Shankar, 2.0 is India's most expensive film, with a budget exceeding over Rs 500 crore.

Sully the service dog is pulling at heartstrings everywhere in a photo posted on social media.

On Wednesday, he'll be honored and remembered with a state funeral at the National Cathedral, where numerous luminaries, including former Presidents, will be in attendance. He demonstrated that in war, he demonstrated that in peace.

While Bush's body was in Houston, the golden lab dutifully laid next to the casket, keeping watch over his former owner.

Bush was also responsible for appointing Schwarzenegger chairman of the President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports.

Thursday at 5:15 p.m. ET - Arrival and interment at George Bush Presidential Library & Museum, College Station, Texas. Bush's family has not said who will speak at the service.

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One of Bush's major achievements was assembling the global military coalition that liberated the tiny, oil-rich nation of Kuwait from invading neighbor Iraq in 1991.

Baker instead emphasized his friend's foreign policy successes: navigating the end of the Cold War, negotiating two nuclear arms reduction treaties, and summoning a global coalition to eject Iraqi troops from Kuwait in the first Gulf War.

A humble hero of World War II, Bush was just 20 when he survived being shot down during a bombing run over Japan. He had joined the Navy when he turned 18.

The former president passed away Friday evening at 94-years-old.

After the war he started an oil business in Texas before entering politics aged 40. He was denied a second term by Clinton, who would later become a close friend.

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Bush replied: "Good, that's where I want to go".

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