WASHINGTON D.C. — The nation’s capital bids its final farewell to the late former President George H.W. Bush today in a service of prayer and praise that is drawing together world envoys.
Here are a few of the special moments from Wednesday’s services:
1.) A military band played “Hail to the Chief” as the casket of the 41st president was carried down the U.S. Capitol steps in a solemn procession, with members of the Bush family watching and a cannon salute. His son, former President George W. Bush, placed his hand over his heart.
There was also a 21-gun salute.
The casket headed in a motorcade for the Washington National Cathedral ceremony. Bush’s route was lined with people much of the way, bundled in winter hats and taking photos.
2.) The National Cathedral chimes rang 41 times to honor George H.W. Bush. The bells were sounded as the casket was carried into the cathedral.
3.) The nation's most exclusive fraternity — the presidents club — assembled for the funeral. Attending were former President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama; former President Bill Clinton and Hillary Clinton; former President Jimmy Carter and wife Rosalynn Carter; and President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump.
4.) At one point, George W. Bush slipped Michelle a piece of candy.
As Bush walked down the aisle to shake the hands of other attending presidents and first ladies, he reached into his pocket. He shook the hands of President Donald Trump, First Lady Melania Trump and former President Barack Obama. When he got to Michelle, he slipped her the candy, and she gave him a huge smile.
Earlier this year, a sweet moment between the two went viral when Bush handed Michelle a candy at the funeral of Sen. John McCain.
5.) George W. Bush eulogized his dad.
"To us," the son said of the father, "his was the brightest of a thousand points of light."
George W. Bush broke down briefly at the end of his eulogy while invoking the daughter his parents lost when she was 3 and his mother, Barbara, who died in April. He took comfort in knowing "Dad is hugging Robin and holding Mom's hand again."
He also recounted his father's last words. He said he told his father just before he died last week that he had been a "wonderful dad" and that he loved him. He said the last words his father "would ever say on earth were, 'I love you, too.'"