Former President George H.W. Bush's Memorial Services Schedule Released

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Tributes poured in from world leaders in memory of the 41st USA president, who guided America through the end of the cold war and launched the worldwide campaign to drive Iraqi strongman Saddam Hussein's forces from Kuwait. Trump also announced that he'll be sending one of the Boeing 747s that serves as Air Force One to Houston to transport Bush's casket to Washington, D.C.

"His accomplishments were great from beginning to end", Trump tweeted. The New York Stock Exchange will observe a minute of silence on Monday to honor Bush and plans to be closed on the official day of mourning designated by Trump, said Kristen Kaus, a spokeswoman for the exchange.

He praised the elder Bush, who died Friday, as "a high-quality man who truly loved his family".

"There will be very tough times, made even more hard by criticism you may not think is fair", Bush 41 wrote, perhaps in anticipation of the Monica Lewinsky sex scandal, as some people have noticed.

Bush will be taken to his home of Houston, where he'll lie in repose at St. Martin's Episcopal Church in Houston, from 7:45 p.m. ET on Wednesday until 7 a.m. ET on Thursday. He'll be interred later on Thursday at the George Bush Presidential Library & Museum on the grounds of Texas A&M University in College Station, after making the final leg, from Spring, Texas, by train.

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Mr Bush was a decorated World War II pilot, diplomat and onetime Central Intelligence Agency chief who saw his son George follow in his footsteps to the Oval Office - making them only the second father-son duo in American presidential history, after John and John Quincy Adams. President Bush was a great friend and ally of the United Kingdom.

The last Soviet-era leader Mikhail Gorbachev, 87, hailed Mr Bush Snr's contribution to ending the Cold War and their nations' nuclear arms race.

French President Emmanuel Macron mourned the loss of a leader who "strongly supported the alliance with Europe" - drawing an unspoken contrast to Trump's frequent criticisms of the Old Continent. He is survived by his five living children and 17 grandchildren.

President Donald Trump, who did not attend First Lady Barbara Bush's funeral in April, said he will attend the ceremony for the former president.

"I stayed up until about midnight here, watching sadly, with a tear in my eye", says Zakhem.

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