Presidential passing — Washington prepares for the solemnity of a state funeral for George H.W. Bush

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December 3, 2018 - 11:21 AM

Former President George H.W. Bush died on Friday, Nov. 30. (Department of Housing and Urban Development/TNS)

WASHINGTON — It’s been more than a decade since the nation’s capital conducted the grand and solemn ritual of bidding a final farewell to a former president.

Now Washington is caught up in elaborate preparations for the state funeral this week of George H.W. Bush, the nation’s 41st president, who died Friday at 94.

Four days of observances will showcase a complex interplay of politics and pageantry, sentiment and stateliness, public mourning and private grief before the late president — he was also a vice president, member of Congress, CIA director, diplomat and war hero — is laid to rest.

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