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The state funeral of late former President George H.W. Bush will commence on December 3 and span four days, with 11 ceremonies and three services in two states and the District of Columbia, the Department of Defense announced.

Bush died Friday aged 94 and will be laid to rest Thursday afternoon at his presidential library in College Station, Texas. The father of former President George W. Bush, he was a Naval aviator in World War II, a congressman, ambassador to the United Nations, envoy to China, CIA director and vice president for two terms under Ronald Reagan.

Trump has ordered the federal government to close on Wednesday and both the New York Stock Exchange and Nasdaq will be closed on Wednesday in observance. In this revisionist mindset, although George Bush was by no means ideal, his purported level-headedness, moderation and civility are fondly remembered in comparison to the disgraceful and embarrassing behavior of the White House's current occupant.

A caption alongside the original Instagram post on Sully's official account read "Mission complete" as the dog prepares to go back to VetDogs to be re-homed with the Walter Reed National Military Medical Centre's Facility Dog Programme which helps other veterans.

US President Donald Trump called Bush a "truly wonderful man and will be missed by all".

However, the 41st President of the United States' final flights will be given a special distinction, CNN reports.

The plane is known by many as Air Force One only operates as such when the sitting U.S. President is on board.

Tributes roll in for former US President George H W Bush
The nation's 41st president served from 1989 to 1993, and eight years later watched his son George W. became the 43rd president. Bush Snr, a Second World War veteran, was born George Herbert Walker Bush in Milton, Massachusetts, on 12 June 1924.

-The younger Bush says he did not use email during his presidency; his dad would send corny jokes to presidential aides, who passed them on.

"He knew what combat was all about", Powell said on "This Week".

Following the service at the National Cathedral, Bush will be flown to Houston with a scheduled arrival of around 11.30am NZT. "He wanted to avoid a war".

Democratic Rep. Nancy Pelosi, past and incoming House speaker, exchanged a warm hug with George W. Bush and came away dabbing her face.

George Herbert Walker Bush took office in 1989 as the 41st US president and served one term in the White House.

In a recent essay, Clinton declared of Bush: "I just loved him".