The casket containing the remains of the 41st president was then transported to the U.S. Capitol rotunda, where Bush will lie in state until Wednesday morning's state funeral at Washington National Cathedral.
Along with his son, George H.W. Bush will be eulogized by former Canadian Prime Minister Brian Mulroney, whose time in power overlapped with Bush, former US Sen.
Among those who paid their respects to the 41st president, the current head of state, Donald Trump and the First Lady, Melania, visited the casket at the rotunda. Bush's son, President George W. Bush, attended that ceremony. US traders also observed a moment of silence before markets opened on Monday in honor of Bush.
"After Mrs. Bush's death, general companionship was a big part of Sully's job", John Miller, president and CEO of America's VetDogs, said in a phone interview.
Bush, 94, died Friday.
The patriarch of the Bush family served as a fighter pilot during World War II, later being elected to Congress, serving as United Nations ambassador, Central Intelligence Agency director, vice president under Ronald Reagan between 1981 and 1989 and finally being elected president and serving for one term from 1989-1993 during which time he presided over the end of the Cold War and launched the Gulf War to drive invading Iraqi forces under dictator Saddam Hussein out of Kuwait.
"He was a handsome, lovely man, it was an honour to work with him, he was beloved", veteran Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi, expected to be the next speaker of the US House of Representatives, told Reuters as she exited the Rotunda.
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Some of the agents will also act as honorary pallbearers in Texas at the funeral home and Ellington Field, where Bush will begin his final flight back to Washington, DC.
Cannon fire roared again outside the Capitol as the sun sank and the younger President Bush stood with his hand over his heart, watching the casket's procession up the steps.
All USPS facilities will also fly a flag at half-staff through December 30 in honor of Bush. An invitation-only funeral service will follow at Washington National Cathedral before his casket returns to Houston for burial.
Bush's death reduces membership in the ex-presidents' club to four: Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama. Many have also heralded Bush's 73-year marriage to his wife, Barbara Bush, who died months before her husband in April 2018.
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After moving to Texas to work in the oil business, Bush turned his attention to politics in the 1960s. The pair worked together to raise tens of millions of dollars for victims of a 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami and of Hurricane Katrina, which swamped New Orleans and the Gulf Coast in 2005. "Honestly I just liked him", he said.