WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans will begin saying goodbye to former President George H.W. Bush on Monday when his body arrives in Washington for public viewing in the Capitol Rotunda — a rare honor that will be bestowed on a man who earned the respect and admiration of many with his leadership, bravery and grace.
The public viewing will kick off four days of events that will include a state funeral at Washington's National Cathedral on Wednesday and a private service at Bush's longtime church in Houston on Thursday. But tributes from leaders around the world have been pouring in since his death Friday night.
Former Secretary of State Colin Powell called him "a perfect American" for how "he served the country in so many capacities."
"He never forgot who he was," Powell, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff during Bush's presidency, told ABC's "This Week" on Sunday. "He never let it all go to his head. He was a man of great humility."
Bush, who died at his Houston home at age 94, will be buried Thursday on the grounds of his presidential library at Texas A&M University.
In Washington D.C., he will lie in state in the Capitol Rotunda from 7:30 p.m. Monday to 8:45 a.m. Wednesday. President Donald Trump, who ordered federal offices closed for a national day of mourning on Wednesday, is to attend with first lady Melania Trump and other high-ranking officials.
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Tiffany Utterson, right, and her children, from left to right, Ella, 11, Ian, 10 and Owen, 8, place a wreath outside the gated community entrance to the home of George H.W. Bush on Sunday in Houston. Bush is returning to Washington as a revered political statesman, hailed by leaders across the political spectrum and around the world as a man not only of greatness but also of uncommon decency and kindness.
A makeshift memorial is shown Sunday at the base of a statue of former President George H.W. Bush in downtown Houston.
A makeshift memorial is shown Sunday outside the gated community entrance to the home of George H.W. Bush in Houston.
A group of cyclists stop to have a picture taken Sunday with a statue of former President George H.W. Bush in downtown Houston.
A fan holds up a sign for former President George H.W. Bush at Oakland Alameda County Coliseum before Sundays game between the Raiders and the Chiefs.
A moment of silence is observed for former President George H.W. Bush on Sunday at Oakland Alameda County Coliseum.
A tribute for former President George H.W. Bush is seen before the first half of Sunday's game between the Falcons and the Ravens in Atlanta.
Buccaneers fans observe a moment of silence for former President George H. W. Bush before Sunday's game against the Panthers in Tampa, Fla.
A worker power washes the plaza on the East Front of the U.S. Capitol in Washington on Sunday in preparation of President George H.W. Bush lying in state.