Trump, nation's leaders gather to honor George H.W. Bush

The former president's final journey to Washington began in Texas, with his family members, service dog and secret service detail.
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We're going to begin with the celebration of former president George H.W. Bush's life and legacy. The nation's 41st president lying in state at the capitol rotunda. That's a live look and you see people are lining up again this morning as they did all throughout the night to pay their respects. And last night president trump and first lady Melania trump also came to pay their respects hours after the late president was transported through the streets of Washington to the capitol. That was quite a motorcade during the afternoon. Crowds gathered outside to watch them arrive. You see them there. Inside the president's family joined by those he served with in congress and the white house official farewell. Our senior national correspondent Terry Moran starts us off. Good morning, Terry. Reporter: Good morning, George. I spoke with a family arriving before work, before school, I spoke to the dad. He said pointing to his kids, I wanted them to be inspired and what's really inspiring, what the special feeling here is that people are paying tribute not just to president bush's record in office but more to his character as a man. Last night under the great dome of the capitol, this solemn presidential tribute. President trump with first lady Melania at his side paying their respects to president George Herbert walker bush and then one final salute. The moment capped a day filled with emotion and pageantry as the nation's leaders gathered to honor a president and to remember a good man. George Bush's final journey to Washington, D.C. Began in his home state of Texas. His family standing beside him as it began, his casket draped this an American flag. The president's service dog sully also right there with him. His secret service detail on duty one last time. Their final mission from their commander in chief carrying rim out. It arrived at Ellington field. The bush family boarded air force one renamed special air mission 41 for this exceptional occasion and when it arrived at Andrews air force base late afternoon, Navy sailors from the "Uss George H.W. Bush" were waiting attention while the president's casket was taken into a black hearse and traveled through the streets of Washington, D.C. Arriving at the U.S. Capitol at dusk. A per sunset. The sky stunning streaked with color, nature's pageant. Members of the military carrying the casket while a 21-gun salute echoed through the evening. The late president's first born son former president George W. Bush somber and strained as he and the rest of the bush clan waited at the top of the steps to escort their patriarch. The members of the first president bush's administration including Dick Cheney, Colin Powell and his closest friend and secretary of state James baker, the emotions of the moment were etched on their faces. The procession then slowly made its way to the rotunda where the casket was placed on the Lincoln catafalque. Members of congress and justices of the supreme court were also gathered there and then George Herbert walker bush was remembered as a man of character. There was a kindness about the man that was evident to everyone who ever met him. Reporter: As a public servant whose life impacted millions. He made contributions to freedom with the fundamental decency that resonates across generations. Reporter: As a devoted husband to his beloved wife Barbara. The patriot who lies before us was blessed with many gifts, but there was no doubt which he prized most of all. A great love story began at that Christmas dance when George Bush met Barbara pierce. Reporter: The solemn ceremony was the final public appearance of the day for a family in mourning. You could see the grief of the farewell on the face of the 43rd president. At 7:30 P.M., the public was allowed to enter the capitol to pay their respects, a lone boy scout saluting the president he never knew. A boy scout salute. He would have liked that. President bush didn't like to talk about himself. His mother taught him not to use the big "I" as she said. The country is talking about him. Many ways to be remembered, maybe the best as he is being remembered as a good man, guys That's so true. That is beautiful. Thank you, Terry. Besides his career, a public service, another thing George H.W. Bush was phone for, his colorful socks. At a celebration in Houston people were asked to wear colorful socks in tribe Bute to him and they came through and we want to show you the socks that the late president will be wearing when he is laid to rest, his spokesman said they pay tribute to his lifetime of service starting as an 18-year-old naval aviator. The experience of his life. President trump is set to

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