What an amazing piece of history to be able to have and share with your children. They sent President George H.W. Bush off in a beautiful way.
Rest in Peace 41!
Here’s more on this story via Daily Mail:
George H.W Bush’s casket has arrived at his final resting place at Texas A&M this evening, after thousands of cheering and waving Texans lined the route of the special funeral train traveling 70 miles from Houston.
The 41st president’s son George W. Bush and his wife Laura, along with other members of the Bush family, watched somberly as a joint services military honor guard carried his casket off the train. His flag-draped casket was wrapped with a plastic cover due to the rainy conditions.
Bush’s arrival comes after an emotional service at St. Martin’s Episcopal Church in Houston on Thursday morning.
A hearse took the late president to the Union Pacific train station in Spring, Texas, where a special funeral train, with a locomotive painted in the colors of Air Force One and named 4141, journeyed two and a half hours to College Station.
People pay their respects as the train carrying the casket of former President George H.W. Bush passes Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018, along the route from Spring to College Station
The train’s sixth car, a converted baggage hauler called ‘Council Bluffs,’ was fitted with transparent sides to allow mourners lining the tracks views of Bush’s flag draped coffin.
George W. Bush was so moved by the thousands of Texans who braved the gloomy weather to pay their respects to the former president that he posted a photo of himself waving to the crowds, writing: ‘Thank you for making 41’s last ride so special.’
The Plexiglass door on both sides of the car will allow the public to see Bush’s casket as it hauled on the route through Texas
Bush is being taken to his presidential library at the university, where he will be laid to rest at a private ceremony next to his wife, Barbara, who died in April, and his daughter Robin, who died at age 3 in 1953.
As Bush’s hearse made its way from Houston to Spring, mourners lined the streets as they paid their respects to America’s 41st president on Thursday afternoon.
Thousands stood along the tracks, as many of them held up their phones for pictures and watched from highway overpasses.
One of the first small towns to greet the train was Pinehurst, where Andy Gordon, took his 6-year-old daughter, Addison, out of school so she and her 3-year-old sister, Ashtyn, could witness the moment firsthand.
‘Hopefully, my children will remember the significance and the meaning of today,’ said Gordon, 38. In Addison’s hand were two small American flags.
Steven Lowry, 7, picks through the rocks underneath the train tracks moments after the memorial train for President George H.W. Bush had passed through Pinehurst, Texas. Many people who watched the train pass by took rocks or coins that were flattened by the train as keepsakes
At one point, state troopers hovering in a helicopter ordered people to get off the tracks as the train approached
People who turned out to pay tribute are leaving coins on the tracks to be flattened into keepsakes.
Fifty-five-year-old Doug Allen of Cypress left eight coins on the tracks before the train passed through the small town of Pinehurst. The train left his three quarters, three dimes and two pennies flattened and slightly discolored.
People cheer as they get a glimpse of George H.W. Bush’s casket as the train rolled onto College Station on Thursday
He says he only thought of the idea a few moments before the train passed and his wife and her friend found the coins in their bags. He says, ‘It’s something we’ll always keep.’ Continue Reading