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State Funeral for former President George H.W. Bush held in Washington, D.C.

George H.W. Bush was celebrated with high praise and loving humor Wednesday as the nation bade farewell to the man who was America’s 41st president and the last to fight for the U.S. in wartime. Three former presidents looked on at Washington National Cathedral as a fourth — George W. Bush — eulogized his dad.

“To us,” the son said of the father, “his was the brightest of a thousand points of light.”

George W. Bush broke down briefly at the end of his eulogy while invoking the daughter his parents lost when she was 3 and his mother, Barbara, who died in April. He took comfort in knowing “Dad is hugging Robin and holding Mom’s hand again.”

For all the somber tributes to the late president’s public service and strength of character, laughter filled the cathedral time after time. The late president’s eulogists — son included — noted Bush’s tendency to tangle his words and show his goofy side. Read more

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State Funeral for former President George H.W. Bush held in Washington, D.C.

State Funeral for former President George H.W. Bush held in Washington, D.C.

State Funeral for former President George H.W. Bush held in Washington, D.C.

State Funeral for former President George H.W. Bush held in Washington, D.C.

State Funeral for former President George H.W. Bush held in Washington, D.C.

State Funeral for former President George H.W. Bush held in Washington, D.C.

State Funeral for former President George H.W. Bush held in Washington, D.C.

State Funeral for former President George H.W. Bush held in Washington, D.C.

State Funeral for former President George H.W. Bush held in Washington, D.C.

State Funeral for former President George H.W. Bush held in Washington, D.C.