Lindsey Bever General Mission Reporter covering national news and breaking news – Dec. 6 at 4:59 pm HOUSTON – They said goodbye to Washington with tributes and solemn funeral. On Thursday, former President George HW Bush was honored once again in Texas, the state he adopted as his, while services that remember him end this week and that his body is arrived to be buried in his presidential library. His remains have reached College Station, Texas, where he will be buried by train. Earlier in the day, friends and family gathered at St. Martin's Episcopal Church for a morning celebration celebrating Bush's life. In the beginning, Bush's children – including George W. Bush, who followed him in his office and praised him Wednesday in Washington – drew attention, while the flag of Former president was under the flag. coffin was inaugurated in. [‘Always one of us’: President George H.W. Bush comes home to Texas for the last time] When the coffin was carried away, the silence invaded the church, interrupted only by the sound of heels slamming on the cold concrete and shutters of the camera slamming. People were recovering their hearts as the coffin passed silently in front of it, and once in front of it, the organ began playing the national anthem, the sounds resonating through the church. According to a spokesman for Bush, nearly 1,000 guests came to the service. Many members of the Bush family, current and former athletes, country singers and former California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger were among the participants. James A. Baker III, a veteran of Bush's campaigns and administration, was visibly strangled as he finished delivering his eulogy to his longtime friend. George P. Bush, the grandson of the former president, said his namesake was grateful for his country and his chances of leading. "George Herbert Walker Bush is the kindest, most honest and humble man I know," he said. "It's the honor of a lifetime to be named after him." Country music group Oak Ridge Boys recounted a joke about the president, thinking he was a good bass singer and pointed his son up. former President George W. Bush, before singing acoustic version of "Amazing Grace". When they finished, the people in mourning applauded the first time it happened during the service. Once the service was completed, a little over an hour later, the Bush family members followed his casket, shaking hands with grieving people standing up. Some greeted the casket, while others held their hands on their hearts. The bereaved mourners gathered early in the morning in queues for buses to the church and the service. His dentist was there and described him as "a terrific patient, the most generous man". The former mayor of Houston, Bill White, recalled that, having been elected to the top of the city, two of his constituents – the Bush – had invited his wife to lunch for ask what they could do to help. "President Bush was one of those who showed that politics could always be a noble cause," said Robert Eckels, a lawyer and former chief executive of Harris County. "It was a friend who has always been very cooperative. He was really worried about me. He was really concerned about the community. " [George H.W. Bush’s final ride: A train that connects him to a long presidential tradition] The dark farewells in Texas will mark days of homage to the country's 41st president, who died last week at the age of 94. His body was repatriated Wednesday in Houston after a service to the National Cathedral in Washington, attended by President Trump and the four former presidents alive. and featuring testimonials praising Bush as leader and father. At the cathedral and during the previous days, while his body was in the US Capitol, Bush was remembered to have become famous as commander, vice-president and director of the CIA, among other roles. In Texas, he will be remembered at the location where he chose to begin his career after serving during World War II and graduating from Yale University. The entrance to the community where he lived was cluttered with small American flags and flowers left by people in mourning. Despite Bush's roots and ties to New England, the Texans said they remembered him as one of their own, and that his funeral was a testimony to his longstanding ties. George and Barbara Bush have revered St. Martin's for more than five decades. On Wednesday, his body was returned to this location and the doors were opened so that the public could honor Bush while he was resting until Thursday morning.
Visitors pay homage to the casket draped with the flag of former President George H.W. Bush at St. Martin's Episcopal Church on Wednesday in Houston. (Mark Humphrey / AP) "It is our turn to show our respect and support as our congregation, as well as our nation, mourn this loss," said the church in a statement. As in Washington earlier in the week, crowds gathered in front of the church to say goodbye to the former president. A spokesman for the Bush family reported more than 11,000 people came to the church to honor them. After transporting the coffin of St. Martin, the funeral assistants gathered outside on the sidewalk. Bush, a Yale baseball player, was a big sports fan. Houston current and former professional athletes, including defensive lineman J. Tex. Watt, Rockets stars Yao Ming and Dikembe Mutombo, as well as Jeff Bagwell, Craig Biggio and Nolan Ryan, members of the Astros Hall of Fame, attended the ceremony, alongside the former director of the Los Angeles Dodgers , Tommy Lasorda, actor Chuck Norris and Houston officials. "For me, today is honoring a man who is an absolute icon for our country, and it's the end of an era," said Houston police chief Art Acevedo. 'former president. Houston Fire Chief Samuel Peña called it a "sad day for Houston". "Really, we lost a patriot," he said. "But it's also an opportunity to celebrate his service. He had been in public service for decades. I think participation here means exactly what he thought for many of us. Bush's body is heading to College Station, where Texas A & M University, Bush Presidential Library and the public school bearing his name are located. His remains traveled from Houston to College Station on a train – Bush 4141, a tribute to Bush's status as the 41st president. [George H.W. Bush’s final ride: A train that connects him to a long presidential tradition] In the spring, north of Houston, a few thousand people gathered Thursday afternoon to wait for the train to pass. Others have lined pieces along the tracks for the train to provide them with souvenirs. "It's a unique event in life and I think it's an honor to be here," said Leslie Sloan, who works for the Northwestern Houston Chamber of Commerce. She said Bush "was an integral part of our country's history and deserves our respect. He was different He seemed to be a man of all time. He was just like my father or my grandfather. He was only trying to keep our country safe. The Union Pacific locomotive was unveiled by the company in 2005 and, 13 years later, it has traveled the 70 kilometers traveled with its namesake. The mourners gathered along the tracks, evoking a tradition that dates back to President Abraham Lincoln but has gone dormant in recent decades. After a ceremony, Bush will be buried next to his wife, who died in April at the age of 92, and their daughter Pauline Robinson, known as Robin, who died in 1953 from a leukemia. She was 3 years old. Berman and Bever reported from Washington. Brittney Martin and Ken Hoffman in Houston contributed to this report, which will be updated throughout the day. .