Post office, other federal offices closed for Bush funeral services

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A national day of mourning has been declared for today to honor the life of the 41st president of the United States, George H.W. Bush, who died November 30 in Houston at age 94.

In an invocation opening proceedings, the US House chaplain, the Reverend Patrick J Conroy, praised Mr Bush's commitment to public service, from Navy pilot to congressman, United Nations ambassador, envoy to China and then Central Intelligence Agency director before being elected vice-president and then president - the first incumbent to do so in over 100 years.

Dozens of people gathered in the Capitol rotunda, in Washington, to pay their respects to the late George HW Bush.

House Speaker Paul Ryan said "here lies a great man, a gentle soul". The service will take place tomorrow at The National Cathedral in Washington.

Vice-President Mike Pence and Republican Senate leader Mitch McConnell also spoke. The current president has mocked the elder Bush for his "thousand points of light" call to volunteerism, challenged his son's legacy as president and trounced "low-energy" Jeb Bush in the Republican presidential primaries en route to office.

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Bush, who was born June 12, 1924, in Milton, Massachusetts, grew up wealthy, attending elite schools but putting off college so he could enlist in the Navy at age 18.

The United States of America will observe a National Day of Mourning on Wednesday.

Training service dogs like Sully requires multiple months of classes spread over 10 acres in Smithtown. "President Bush worked selflessly throughout his long life to bring about a world of justice and lasting peace". He flew 58 missions off aircraft carriers in World War Two and survived being shot down over the Pacific.

Sully will have two co-workers in the role, service dogs Sgt. Dillon and Sgt. Truman.

Ahead of Wednesday's state funeral - where Trump will reportedly sit in the front row, but not deliver a eulogy - the president tweeted he would visit the "wonderful Bush family" at the presidential guest residence Blair House across from the White House.

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