Follow along: Honoring the life of President George H.W. Bush

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Americans plan to honor the 41st US president with a state funeral on Wednesday.

Surrounded by loved ones Friday night as he lay in bed at home in Houston, he was approached by the wife of his longtime friend, James A. Baker III, who was in the room with her husband. Howard heads the Joint Force Headquarters-National Capital Region, the almost 4,000-strong military task force that is overseeing the funeral.

President Donald Trump has sent a presidential airplane to Texas to fly Bush's body to Washington.

Before that his remains will be taken to Ellington Field Joint Reserve Base, Houston and Joint Base Andrews, Maryland, ABC said.

On Monday, members of both the House and Senate will attend an arrival ceremony held at the U.S. Capitol at 4:45 p.m. ET.

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"I call on the American people to assemble on that day in their respective places of worship, there to pay homage to the memory of President George H.W. Bush", Trump said in the statement.

"To be honest, at one point in history, ' he said, "it would not have been exceptional to have a president who obeyed and appreciated the norms of the American system and of the presidency, who was civil, who was kind to people and who rose above petty squabbles". Flags on public buildings are flying at half-mast for 30 days out of respect for Bush.

The 41st U.S. president's body is scheduled to lie in state there from Monday to Wednesday.

Thursday, 11 a.m. ET - Funeral service at St. Martin's Episcopal Church.

Former Secretary of State Colin Powell speaks in NY, on November 9, 2011.

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A ceremony will be held at the train station as Bush's casket is loaded onto a Union Pacific train.

In Texas, students, staff and visitors have been flocking to Bush's presidential library on the campus of Texas A&M University.

A photo of George HW Bush's service dog lying downbeat besides the casket of his old master on Sunday has spread across social media, causing an outpouring of emotion.

The photo, posted initially by Bush's son George, shows the yellow lab slumped by Bush's casket. He would go on to serve as ambassador to the United Nations and China, head of the Central Intelligence Agency and chair of the Republican National Committee before being elected to two terms as Ronald Reagan's vice-president. He spent time with his large family, thereafter, while his public agenda included a number of philanthropic activities. Another son, former President George W. Bush, was the last on the line, telling his dying father how much he loved him and promising they would see each other again in heaven. After being diagnosed with Parkinson's disease, Bush needed a motorized scooter or wheelchair to get around.

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