HOUSTON (AP/RNN) - George H.W. Bush, who shaped history as 41st president and patriarch of a family that occupied the White House for a dozen years, was remembered in a final funeral service in Texas on Thursday and brought to his final resting place at a family plot on the grounds of his presidential library.

Funeral services for Bush were held at St. Martin’s Episcopal Church in Houston, where the Bush family has worshiped for decades.

His casket was then brought by train to College Station, TX, passing crowds of onlookers and well-wishers paying respects along a nearly three-hour journey.

It arrived in the late afternoon, and was brought by servicemen to a hearse as the Texas A&M band played the “Aggie War Hymn” and the Bush family looked on.

He was then brought to the family plot for a private burial, laid to rest alongside his wife of 73 years, Barbara Bush, who died earlier this year, and their daughter Robin who died from leukemia as a 3-year-old.

As his casket was removed from the hearse at the library, a 21-jet flyover in “Missing Man” formation was performed in his honor.

At the funeral, the Rev. Russell Levenson, Jr. told mourners that Bush had a “resolute faith” and once asked what heaven would be like.

He told those gathered at St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church that he imagined Bush was greeted in heaven by his wife “with her hands on her hips, saying ‘What took you so long?’”

Levenson said it was OK to cry because George H.W. Bush was never afraid to shed tears himself.

Bush’s longtime pastor ended the homily with the same prayer used at the president’s 1989 inauguration.

The grandchildren of the former president - including Barbara Pierce Bush, a daughter of George W. Bush, Noelle Lucila Bush, daughter of Jeb Bush and Elizabeth Dwen Andrews, whose mother is married to Neil Bush - gave readings from the Bible.

Two of George H.W. Bush’s granddaughters read from Corinthians: Nancy Ellis LeBlond Sosa and Georgia Grace Koch, who are the daughters of Dorothy Bush Koch.

His grandsons served as pallbearers.

James Baker, the president’s close friend, made some remarks and got emotional. And George P. Bush, a Texas state official and grandson of the 41st president, also paid tribute.

Musical guests included The Oak Ridge Boys and Reba McEntire.

The country said goodbye to him Wednesday in a national funeral service that offered high praise for the last of the presidents to have fought in World War II — and a hefty dose of humor about a man once described as a cross between Mister Rogers and John Wayne.

After three days of remembrance in Washington, a plane brought Bush’s casket to Houston for Thursday’s funeral.

After the funeral, a hearse carried Bush’s casket from St. Martin’s to a Union Pacific facility north of Houston near the international airport named for him. There, his casket was placed on the special train that brought him to his presidential library in College Station for burial.

In addition to George W. Bush and other family members, former basketball star Yao Ming and Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt were among a handful of sports figures at the funeral.

Baseball Hall of Famers Nolan Ryan and Jeff Bagwell also arrived Thursday morning for the service.

Bush was a fan of his hometown teams. He joined his son, George W. Bush, on the field before Game 5 of the 2017 World Series in Houston.

Astros owner Drayton McLane and former Los Angeles Dodgers manager Tommy Lasorda are also in attendance.

In the service at Washington National Cathedral a day prior, three former presidents and President Donald Trump looked on as George W. Bush eulogized his father as “the brightest of a thousand points of light.”

The cathedral service was a tribute to a president, a patriarch and a faded political era that prized military service and public responsibility. It was laced with indirect comparisons to Trump but was not consumed by them, as speakers focused on Bush's public life and character — with plenty of cracks about his goofy side, too.

"He was a man of such great humility," said Alan Simpson, former Republican senator from Wyoming. Those who travel "the high road of humility in Washington, D.C.," he added pointedly, "are not bothered by heavy traffic."

A military honor guard carries the flag-draped casket of former President George H.W. Bush after a funeral at St. Martin's Episcopal Church Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, Pool)The flag-draped casket of former President George H.W. Bush is carried by a joint services military honor guard from St. Martin's Episcopal Church Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018, in Houston. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)The flag-draped casket of former President George H.W. Bush is carried by a joint services military honor guard during a funeral for former President George H.W. Bush at St. Martin's Episcopal Church Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018, in Houston. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)Rev. Russell J. Levenson Jr., gives the homily during a funeral service for former President George H.W. Bush at St. Martin's Episcopal Church Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, Pool)The Oak Ridge boys sing The Oak Ridge boys sing Reba McEntire sings Granddaughters Nancy Ellis LeBlond Sosa, left, and Georgia Grace Koch, read scripture during a funeral for former President George H.W. Bush at St. Martin's Episcopal Church Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018, in Houston. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)Elizabeth Dwen Andrews reads scripture during a funeral service for former President George H.W. Bush at St. Martin’s Episcopal Church Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018, in Houston. At back are Noelle Lucila Bush, Barbara Pierce Bush and Marshall Lloyd Bush. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)Granddaughters Nancy Ellis LeBlond Sosa, left, and Georgia Grace Koch read scripture during a funeral service for former President George H.W. Bush at St. Martin's Episcopal Church Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018, in Houston.(AP Photo/David J. Phillip, Pool)Former President George W. Bush embraces former Secretary of State James Baker, right, after he gave a eulogy during the funeral for former President George H.W. 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Phillip, Pool)Granddaughter Barbara Pierce Bush reads scripture during a funeral service for former President George H.W. Bush at St. Martin's Episcopal Church Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018, in Houston. At back are Elizabeth Dwen Andrews, left, and Marshall Lloyd Bush. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, Pool)Former Secretary of State James Baker III gives a eulogy during the funeral for former President George H.W. Bush at St. Martin's Episcopal Church, Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, Pool)Mourners gathered Thursday in Houston to memorialize former President George H.W. Bush.Family and friends attend a funeral service for former President George H.W. Bush at St. Martin's Episcopal Church Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, Pool)Members of the Oak Ridge Boys arrive for a funeral service for former President George H.W. Bush at St. Martin's Episcopal Church Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, Pool)Former Los Angeles Dodgers' manager Tommy Lasorda arrives at a funeral for former President George H.W. Bush at St. Martin's Episcopal Church Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018, in Houston. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)Former NBA basketball player Clyde Drexler arrives at a funeral for former President George H.W. Bush at St. Martin's Episcopal Church Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018, in Houston. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)Former President George W. Bush arrives for a funeral service for former President George H.W. Bush at St. Martin's Episcopal Church Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, Pool)A woman waits to pay her respects as former President George H.W. Bush lies in repose at St. Martin's Episcopal Church Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, Pool)Guests arrive at St. Martin's Episcopal Church for the funeral for former President George H.W. Bush Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018, in Houston. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)A police officer walks outside St. Martin's Episcopal Church before the funeral for former President George H.W. Bush Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018, in Houston. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)Guests arrive at St. Martin's Episcopal Church for the funeral for former President George H.W. Bush Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018, in Houston. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)The Rev. Dr. Russell J. Levenson, Jr., rector of St. Martin's Episcopal Church, says a prayer over the casket of former President George H.W. Bush as he lies in repose at St. Martin's Episcopal Church Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, Pool) (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, Pool)Workers prepare for a departure ceremony of the casket of former President George H.W. Bush at Union Pacific Westfield auto facility Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018, in Spring. The Plexiglass door, right, will allow the public to see Bush's casket as it hauled on the route. (AP Photo/Kiichiro Sato)Workers prepare for a departure ceremony of the casket of former President George H.W. Bush at Union Pacific Westfield auto facility Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018, in Spring. The president's casket and family will travel on a train pulled by a customized locomotive called the St. Martin's Episcopal Church awaits for the State Funeral for former President George H.W. Bush Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018, in Houston. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)Visitors pay their respects to the flag-draped casket of former President George H.W. Bush at St. Martin's Episcopal Church Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018, in Houston. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)The University of Texas at Austin tower is lit People pay their respects as the flag-draped casket of former President George H.W. Bush lies in repose at St. Martin's Episcopal Church Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, Pool)The flag-draped casket of former President George H.W. Bush is carried by a joint services military honor guard into St. Martin's Episcopal Church Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018, in Houston. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)The flag-draped casket of former President George H.W. Bush is secured in a hearse after being carried by a joint services military honor guard Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018, at Ellington Field in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, Pool)The flag-draped casket of former President George H.W. Bush is carried by a joint services military honor guard Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018, at Ellington Field in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, Pool)Former President George W. Bush and Laura Bush wave as they board Special Air Mission 41 to fly to Houston with the body of former President George H.W. Bush, after a State Funeral Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018, at Andrews Air Force Base, Md. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, Pool)Members of the Bush family board the plane after the flag-draped casket of former President George H.W. Bush is loaded by a joint services military honor guard to Special Air Mission 41, Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018, at Andrews Air Force Base, Md. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, Pool)The flag-draped casket of former President George H.W. Bush is carried by a joint services military honor guard after a State Funeral at the National Cathedral, Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, Pool)The flag-draped casket of former President George H.W. Bush is carried by a military honor guard past former President George W. Bush, President Donald Trump, first lady Melania Trump, former President Barack Obama, Michelle Obama, former President Bill Clinton, and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, at the conclusion of a State Funeral at the National Cathedral, Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018, in Washington. In the second row are Vice President Mike Pence, and his wife Karen Pence, former Vice President Dan Quayle, and his wife Marilyn Quayle and former Vice President Dick Cheney. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)Former President George W. Bush and former first lady Laura Bush, left, follow the casket of former President George H.W. Bush as it is carried out following a State Funeral at the National Cathedral in Washington, Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018.(AP Photo/Susan Walsh)The flag-draped casket of former President George H.W. Bush is carried by a military honor guard past former President George W. Bush, left side, President Donald Trump, first lady Melania Trump, former President Barack Obama, Michelle Obama, former President Bill Clinton, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, former President Jimmy Carter, and Rosalynn Carter during a State Funeral at the National Cathedral, Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, Pool)Former President George W. Bush and former first lady Laura Bush, top left, watch as the casket of former President George H.W. Bush is carried out after a State Funeral at the National Cathedral in Washington, Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018.(AP Photo/Susan Walsh)The flag-draped casket of former President George H.W. Bush is carried out by a military honor guard during a State Funeral at the National Cathedral, Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, Pool)Former President George W. Bush, right, cries after speaking during the State Funeral for his father, former President George H.W. Bush, at the National Cathedral, Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018, in Washington.(AP Photo/Alex Brandon, Pool)Former President George W. Bush becomes emotional as he speaks at the State Funeral for his father, former President George H.W. Bush, at the National Cathedral, Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, Pool)From left, President Donald Trump, first lady Melania Trump, former President Barack Obama, Michelle Obama, former President Bill Clinton, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and former President Jimmy Carter listen as former President George W. Bush speaks during a State Funeral at the National Cathedral, Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018, in Washington, for former President George H.W. Bush.(AP Photo/Alex Brandon, Pool)From left, President Donald Trump, first lady Melania Trump, former President Barack Obama, Michelle Obama, former President Bill Clinton, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and former President Jimmy Carter listen as former Sen. Alan Simpson, R-Wyo., speaks during a State Funeral at the National Cathedral, Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018, in Washington, for former President George H.W. Bush. In the second row are Vice President Mike Pence and Karen Pence. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, Pool)Jeb Bush, Laura Bush, and former President George W. Bush share a laugh as a story is told about former President George H.W. Bush during a State Funeral at the National Cathedral, Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)Former Sen. Alan Simpson, R-Wyo, speaks during the State Funeral for former President George H.W. Bush at the National Cathedral, Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, Pool)Former Sen. Alan Simpson, R-Wyo, center, speaks with former President George Bush, right, as he walks to a podium to speak during the State Funeral for former President George H.W. Bush at the National Cathedral, Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, Pool)Presidential biographer Jon Meacham, shakes hands with former President George Bush after speaking during the State Funeral for former President George H.W. Bush at the National Cathedral, Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018, in Washington.(AP Photo/Alex Brandon, Pool)Former President George W. Bush speaks in front of the flag-draped casket of his father, former President George H.W. Bush, at the State Funeral at the National Cathedral, Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, Pool)Former Canadian Prime Minister Brian Mulroney, center, shakes hands with former President George W. Bush, right, after speaking during the State Funeral for former President George H.W. Bush at the National Cathedral, Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, Pool)Former Canadian Prime Minister Brian Mulroney speaks during the State Funeral for former President George H.W. Bush at the National Cathedral, Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, Pool)From left, President Donald Trump, first lady Melania Trump, former President Barack Obama, Michelle Obama, former President Bill Clinton, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and former President Jimmy Carter listen as former Canadian Prime Minister Brian Mulroney speaks during a State Funeral at the National Cathedral, Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018, in Washington, for former President George H.W. Bush. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, Pool)Presidential biographer Jon Meacham speaks during the State Funeral for former President George H.W. Bush at the National Cathedral, Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)Columba Bush, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, Laura Bush and former President George W. Bush attend the State Funeral for former President George H.W. Bush at the Washington National Cathedral, Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018, in Washington.(AP Photo/Alex Brandon, Pool)Prince Charles listens during a State Funeral for former President George H.W. Bush at the National Cathedral, Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)President George W. Bush and wife Laura Bush greets President Donald Trump, first lady Melania Trump, former President Barack Obama, Michelle Obama, former President Bill Clinton, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, former President Jimmy Carter, and Rosalynn Carter during a State Funeral for former President George H.W. Bush at the National Cathedral, Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018, in Washington.(AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)From left, President Donald Trump, first lady Melania Trump, former President Barack Obama, Michelle Obama, former President Bill Clinton and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton listen during a State Funeral at the National Cathedral, Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018, in Washington, for former President George H.W. Bush.(AP Photo/Alex Brandon, Pool)The flag-draped casket of former President George H.W. Bush is carried by a military honor guard past former President George W. Bush and wife Laura Bush, President Donald Trump, first lady Melania Trump, former President Barack Obama, Michelle Obama, former President Bill Clinton, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, former President Jimmy Carter, and Rosalynn Carter during a State Funeral at the National Cathedral, Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)The casket of George H.W. Bush, the 41st president of the United States, arrived at Washington National Cathedral on Wednesday. (Source: CNN)President George W. Bush shakes hands with President Jimmy Carter at the funeral of President George H.W. Bush on Wednesday. (Source: CNN)Former President George W. Bush and Laura Bush share a laugh as a story is told about his father, former President George H.W. Bush, during a State Funeral at the National Cathedral, Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)Former President George W. Bush and former first lady Laura Bush hold their hands over their hearts at George H.W. Bush.The flag-draped casket of former President George H.W. Bush is carried by a military honor guard during a State Funeral at the National Cathedral, Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, Pool)From left, President Donald Trump, first lady Melania Trump, former President Barack Obama, Michelle Obama, and former President Bill Clinton listen during a State Funeral at the National Cathedral, Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018, in Washington, for former President George H.W. Bush. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, Pool)Former President George Bush slid Michelle Obama candy during a funeral procession Wednesday.President Donald Trump shakes hands with former President Barack Obama during a State Funeral service for former President George H.W. Bush at Washington National Cathedral in Washington, Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)Former President Jimmy Carter and former first lady Rosalynn Carter are seated in the first row at Washington National Cathedral at the funeral of former President George H.W. Bush on Wednesday.Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, left, reaches out to his brother, former President George W. Bush, right, as they arrive to watch the casket of former President George H.W. Bush arrive for a State Funeral at the National Cathedral, Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)Former President Barack Obama, former first lady Michelle Obama, former President Bill Clinton and former Secretary of State HIllary Clinton await the start of the funeral for former President George H.W. Bush at Washington National Cathedral on Wednesday.Military pallbearers carrying remains of President George H. W. Bush into the National CathedralThe flag-draped casket of former President George H.W. Bush is carried by a joint services military honor guard into a State Funeral at the National Cathedral, Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, Pool)President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump arrive for the State Funeral for former President George H.W. Bush at the Washington National Cathedral in Washington, Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump arrive for the State Funeral former President George H.W. Bush, at the National Cathedral, Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)The hearse carrying the flag-draped casket of former President George H.W. Bush passes by the White House from the Capitol, heading to a State Funeral at the National Cathedral, Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018, in Washington. AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin).Map shows funeral procession route through Washington for President George H.W. Bush; 2c x 4 inches; with all related stories.From right, former President George W. Bush, second from right, former first lady Laura Bush, Neil Bush, Maria Bush, Bobby Koch, Doro Koch, Jeb Bush and Columba Bush, stand just prior to the flag-draped casket of former President George H.W. Bush being carried by a joint services military honor guard from the U.S. Capitol, Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, Pool)The flag-draped casket of former President George H.W. Bush is carried by a joint services military honor guard from the U.S. Capitol, Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, Pool)The flag-draped casket of former President George H.W. Bush is carried by a joint services military honor guard from the U.S. Capitol, Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, Pool)Mourners file into the Washington National Cathedral before a State Funeral for former President George H.W. Bush in Washington, Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)The flag-draped casket of former President George H.W. Bush is carried by a joint services military honor guard from the U.S. Capitol, Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, Pool)People arrive for a State Funeral for former President George H.W. Bush at the National Cathedral, Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, Pool)Mourners file into the Washington National Cathedral before the State Funeral for former President George H.W. Bush in Washington, Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)Visitors pay their respects at the flag-draped casket of former President George H.W. Bush, as he lies in state in the Capitol Rotunda in Washington, Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)The last visitors pay respects to the late president, George H.W. Bush, as the public viewing comes to an end at the U.S. Capitol Rotunda, Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)A final salute is rendered by the honor guard standing watch over the flag-draped casket of the late president, George H.W. Bush, as the public viewing comes to an end at the U.S. Capitol Rotunda, Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)U.S. Marine Corps honor guard execute a rifle salute during the changing of the guard at the Capitol Rotunda where former President George H.W. Bush lies in state Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)Visitors pay their respects at the flag-draped casket of former President George H.W. Bush, as he lies in state in the Capitol Rotunda in Washington, Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)Members of the Bush family gather near the casket of Former President George H. W. Bush as he lies in state in the U.S. Capitol Rotunda Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Morry Gash, Pool)Native Americans Donald Woody, left, and Warren Stade of the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community tribe in Prior Lake, Minn., pay their last respects to former President George H.W. Bush as he lies in state at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2018. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)Former CIA Director John Brennan, leaves the Capitol Rotunda after paying his last respects to former President George H.W. Bush as he lies in state at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2018. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)Former CIA directors George Tenet, left, and John Brennan pause alongside current director Gina Haspel in front of the flag-draped casket of former President George H.W. Bush as he lies in state in the Capitol Rotunda in Washington, Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2018. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)Sully, former President George H.W. Bush's service dog, pays his respect to President Bush as he lie in state at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2018. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)Sully, former President George H.W. Bush's service dog, pays his respect to President Bush as he lie in state at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2018. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)Sully, former President George H.W. Bush's service dog, pays his respect to President Bush as he lie in state at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2018. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)Former President George W. Bush, with former first lady Laura Bush, listens to eulogies for his father, President George H.W. Bush, as he lies in state at the Capitol Rotunda where in Washington, Monday, Dec. 3, 2018. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)Former Sen. Bob Dole salutes the flag-draped casket containing the remains of former President George H.W. Bush as he lies in state at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2018. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)Former Sen. Bob Dole pays his last respects to former President George H.W. Bush as he lies in state at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2018. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)Sully, former President George H.W. Bush's service dog, walks to the Capitol Rotunda to pay respect to President Bush as he lie in state at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2018. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)Former Secretary of State Colin Powell, center, leads Desert Storm Commanders to pay their respect to former President George H.W. Bush as he lie in state at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2018. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)The flag-draped casket of former President George H.W. Bush lies in state in the Capitol Rotunda in Washington, Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2018. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)President Donald Trump salutes and first lady Melania Trump pays respects at the casket of former President George H.W. Bush as it lies in state inside the Capitol Rotunda on Capitol Hill, Monday, Dec. 3, 2018 in Washington. (Jonathan Ernst/Pool via AP)US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump pay their respects as US president George H. W. Bush lies in state in the Rotunda of the US Capitol in Washington, DC on December 3, 2018. - The body of the late former President George H.W. Bush travelled from Houston to Washington, where he will lie in state at the US Capitol through Wednesday morning. Bush, who died on November 30, will return to Houston for his funeral on Thursday. (Photo by Mandel NGAN / AFP) (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)Former President George W. Bush and former first lady Laura Bush pay their respect to his father former President George H.W. Bush as he lie in state at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2018. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump leave Blair House after visiting with the family of former President George H. W. Bush, Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)Cindy McCain, center, widow of the late U.S> Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., views the flag-draped casket of former President George H.W. Bush as he lies in state in the Capitol Rotunda in Washington, Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2018. At back left is Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)Former President George W. Bush and former first lady Laura Bush pause in front of the flag-draped casket of former President George H.W. Bush as he lies in state in the Capitol's Rotunda in Washington, Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2018. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump are greeted by former President George Bush and former first lady Laura Bush outside the Blair House across the street from the White House in Washington, Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2018. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)President Donald Trump, right, and first lady Melania Trump, arrive at Blair House and are greeted by former President George W. Bush and former first lady Laura Bush, Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)Visitors file past the flag-draped casket of former President George H.W. Bush as he lies in state in the Capitol Rotunda in Washington, Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2018. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)A visitor pauses in front of the flag-draped casket of former President George H.W. Bush as he lies in state in the Capitol Rotunda in Washington, Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2018. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump leave the Rotunda of the U.S. Capitol after paying their respects to former President George H. W. Bush, Monday, Dec. 3, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)Former President George W. Bush, with his wife former first lady Laura, walks past the casket of his father, former President George H.W. Bush at the Capitol in Washington, Monday, Dec. 3, 2018. (Jonathan Ernst/Pool Photo via AP)President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump pay their respects to former President George H. W. Bush, as he lies in state in the Rotunda of the U.S. Capitol, Monday, Dec. 3, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump pay their respects to former President George H.W. Bush, as he lies in state in the Rotunda of the U.S. Capitol, Monday, Dec. 3, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)They Bush family walks past the casket of former President George H.W. Bush has he lies in state in the U.S. Capitol Rotunda Monday, Dec. 3, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Morry Gash via AP, Pool)The hearse carrying the casket of former President George H.W. Bush arrives at the Capitol, Monday, Dec. 3, 2018 in Washington. (Win McNamee/Pool via AP)Fort Knox honors the life of former president George H.W. Bush by firing off cannons every 30 minutes on Monday.Former President George W. Bush and former first lady Laura Bush wave as they follow the casket of his father, former President George H.W. Bush Monday, Dec. 3, 2018, at Andrews Air Force Base, Md. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, Pool)The hearse carrying the casket of former President George H.W. Bush, bottom right, arrives at the Capitol in Washington, Monday, Dec. 3, 2018. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)Family members watch as the flag-draped casket of former President George H.W. Bush is carried by a joint services military honor guard during an arrival ceremony Monday, Dec. 3, 2018, at Andrews Air Force Base, Md. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, Pool)The flag-draped casket of former President George H.W. Bush lies in state in the Capitol Rotunda in Washington, Monday, Dec. 3, 2018. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais/Pool)Former President George W. Bush is embraced by Democratic House Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., during the arrival of the casket of former President George H.W. Bush into the Capitol in Washington, Monday, Dec. 3, 2018. (Jonathan Ernst/Pool Photo via AP)Former President George W. Bush, second from left, former first lady Laura Bush, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, right, and Vice President Mike Pence, left, attend a service for former President George H.W. Bush as his body lies in state in the Capitol Rotunda, Monday, Dec. 3, 2018 in Washington. (Jonathan Ernst/Pool via AP)Family members and others watch as the flag-draped of former President George H.W. Bush is carried by a joint services military honor guard to lie in state in the rotunda of the U.S. Capitol, Monday, Dec. 3, 2018, in Washington. (Doug Mills/The New York Times via AP, Pool)The flag-draped casket of former President George H.W. Bush is carried by a joint services military honor guard into the U.S. Capitol Rotunda Monday, Dec. 3, 2018, in Washington.Former President George W. Bush, Laura Bush, left, and other family members watch as the flag-draped casket of former President George H.W. Bush is carried by a joint services military honor guard to lie in state in the rotunda of the U.S. Capitol, Monday, Dec. 3, 2018, in Washington.Flags fly at half-staff at Andrews Air Force Base in Md., Monday, Dec. 3, 2018, in honor of former President George H.W. Bush. An outpouring is anticipated in Washington this week during the state funeral for Bush, who died late Friday at his home in Houston. He was 94. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)A sailor from the USS George HW Bush watches as the plane carrying the casket of former President George H.W. Bush arrives Monday, Dec. 3, 2018, at Andrews Air Force Base, Md. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, Pool)The flag-draped casket of former President George H.W. Bush is carried by a joint services military honor guard to Special Air Mission 41 at Ellington Field during a departure ceremony Monday, Dec. 3, 2018, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, Pool)The flag-draped casket of former President George H.W. Bush is carried by a joint services military honor guard Monday, Dec. 3, 2018, at Ellington Field in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, Pool)The flag-draped casket of former President George H.W. Bush is carried by a joint services military honor guard to Special Air Mission 41 at Ellington Field during a departure ceremony Monday, Dec. 3, 2018, in Houston. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)With the flag-draped casket of former President George H.W. Bush aboard at Ellington Field, Special Air Mission 41 prepares to depart, Monday, Dec. 3, 2018, in Houston. (AP Photo/Eric Gay) (AP Photo/Eric Gay)Former President George H.W. Bush's casket departs from Houston en route to Washington D.C. for his final tour.Members of the military carry the casket of President George H.W. Bush to the plane for transport to Washington, DC on Monday. The former president will lie in state at the Capital.George H.W. Bush will wear in his final repose colorful socks that pay tribute to his lifetime of service, starting as an 18-year-old Naval aviator during World War II. The 41st president of the U.S. is being remembered after passing away Friday.Deitz Kracker, left, and Marg Frazier visit a statue of former President George H.W. Bush in downtown Houston, Sunday, Dec. 2. 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. Bush, died late Friday at his Houston home at age 94, is to be honored with a state funeral at National Cathedral in the nation's capital on Wednesday, followed by burial Thursday on the grounds of his presidential library at Texas A&M.(AP Photo/David J. Phillip)A group of cyclists stop to have a picture taken with a statue of former President George H.W. Bush in downtown Houston, Sunday, Dec. 2. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)A makeshift memorial is shown at the base of a statue of former President George H.W. Bush in downtown Houston, Sunday, Dec. 2. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)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 Sunday, Dec. 2, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)Suzette Renee Drab says a prayer after leaving a flower bouquet at the gate outside of former President George H.W. Bush's residence on Saturday, Dec. 1.. (Yi-Chin Lee/Houston Chronicle via AP)Erick Herrera makes sure the two small American flags are placed correctly on the presidential wreath on the gate outside of former President George H.W. Bush's residence on Saturday, Dec. 1, 2018, in Houston. (Yi-Chin Lee/Houston Chronicle via AP)Brian Blake, a former director of communications at the George H.W. Bush Library and Museum, pauses in front of a statue of the former president at the College Station landmark on Saturday, Dec. 1, 2018. The locomotive number 4141 will transport the body of George H.W. Bush, the 41st president of the United States.The American flag flies at half-staff in honor of President George H. W. Bush at Walker's Point, the Bush's summer home, Saturday, Dec. 1, in Kennebunkport, Maine. Bush died at the age of 94 on Friday, about eight months after the death of his wife, Barbara Bush. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)Sully, a therapy dog, is seen before the casket of George H.W. Bush. The dog accompanied Bush aboard a flight to Washington, DC, for memorial services. He will return to Walter Reed Medical Center to help the veterans that need him. (Source: Jim McGrath/Twitter)Flowers and a note saying former President George H. W. Bush was A note for President George H. W. Bush is seen at a makeshift memorial across from Walker's Point, the Bush's summer home, Saturday, Dec. 1, 2018, in Kennebunkport, Maine.A makeshift memorial for President George H. W. Bush lay across from Walker's Point, the Bush's summer home, Saturday, Dec. 1, 2018, in Kennebunkport, Maine. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)Flowers and mementoes lay near a plaque honoring former President George H. W. Bush at a makeshift memorial across from Walker's Point, the Bush's summer home, Saturday, Dec. 1, 2018, in Kennebunkport, Maine. Bush died at the age of 94 on Friday, about eight months after the death of his wife, Barbara Bush. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)A wreath with a note to former President George H. W. Bush lay at a makeshift memorial across from Walker's Point, the Bush's summer home, Saturday, Dec. 1, 2018, in Kennebunkport, Maine. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)A man pays his respects to former President George H. W. Bush at a makeshift memorial across from Walker's Point, the Bush's summer home, Saturday, Dec. 1, 2018, in Kennebunkport, Maine. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)Cathy Rogers of Windham, Maine, pays her respects at a makeshift memorial for President George H. W. Bush across from Walker's Point, the Bush's summer home, Saturday, Dec. 1, 2018, in Kennebunkport, Maine. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

Trump sat with his wife, a trio of ex-presidents and their wives, several of them sharp critics of his presidency and one of them, Hillary Clinton, his 2016 Democratic foe. Apart from courteous nods and some handshakes, there was little interaction between Trump and the others.

George W. Bush broke down briefly at the end of his eulogy while invoking the daughter his parents lost in 1953 and his mother, who died in April. He took comfort in knowing “Dad is hugging Robin and holding Mom’s hand again.”

It was a family that occupied the White House for a dozen years — the 41st president defeated after one term, the 43rd serving two. Jeb Bush stepped up to try to extend that run but fell short when Trump won the 2016 Republican primaries.

The elder Bush was “the last great-soldier statesman,” historian Jon Meacham said in his eulogy, “our shield” in dangerous times.

But he also said that Bush, campaigning in a crowd in a department store, once shook hands with a mannequin. Rather than flushing in embarrassment, he simply cracked, "Never know. Gotta ask."

Meacham recounted how comedian Dana Carvey once said the key to doing an impersonation of Bush was "Mister Rogers trying to be John Wayne."

None of those words would be a surprise to Bush. Meacham read his eulogy to him, said Bush spokesman Jim McGrath, and Bush responded to it with the crack: “That’s a lot about me, Jon.”

The congregation at the cathedral, filled with foreign leaders and diplomats, Americans of high office and others touched by Bush's life, rose for the arrival of the casket, accompanied by clergy of faiths from around the world. In their row together, Trump and former Presidents Barack Obama, Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton stood with their spouses and all placed their hands over their hearts.

Simpson regaled the congregation with stories from his years as Bush's friend in Washington. More seriously, he recalled that when he went through a rough patch in the political game, Bush conspicuously stood by him against the advice of aides. "You would have wanted him on your side," he said.

Simpson said Bush "loved a good joke — the richer the better. And he threw his head back and gave that great laugh, but he never, ever could remember a punchline. And I mean never."

In this April 21, 2018, photo, former Presidents George W. Bush, left, and George H.W. Bush arrive at St. Martin's Episcopal Church for a funeral service for former first lady Barbara Bush, in Houston. Bush has died at age 94. Family spokesman Jim McGrath says Bush died shortly after 10 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30, 2018, about eight months after the death of his wife, Barbara Bush. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)In this Oct. 21, 2017, photo, former Presidents from right, Barack Obama, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, George H.W. Bush and Jimmy Carter gather on stage at the opening of a hurricanes relief concert in College Station, Texas. All five living former U.S. presidents joined to support a Texas concert raising money for relief efforts from Hurricane Harvey, Irma and Maria's devastation in Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Bush was a humanitarian and made volunteerism a hallmark of his presidency from 1989 to 1993. (AP Photo/LM Otero, File)In this July 15, 2013, photo, President Barack Obama, right, with former President George H. W. Bush, left, present the 5,000th Daily Point of Light Award to Floyd Hammer and Kathy Hamilton, center, from Union, Iowa, in the East Room of the White House in Washington. Obama welcomed Bush to the White House in a salute to public service and to the drive for volunteerism that the 41st president inspired with his In this Nov. 4, 2012, photo, former President George H. W. Bush, right, former Secretary of State James Baker, left, and Houston Texans owner Bob McNair pose together before an NFL football game against the Buffalo Bills in Houston. Bush didn’t lose his sense of humor even as he was letting go of life. Bush’s longtime friend James A. Baker III tells the story of how his wife, Susan, put a hand on the former president’s forehead and told him he’s loved very much. At which point Baker says Bush “cocked” open an eye and quipped, “Well, you better hurry.” Bush died Friday at age 94. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)FILE - In this June 12, 2012 file photo, former President George H.W. Bush, and his wife, former first lady Barbara Bush, arrive for the premiere of HBO's new documentary on his life near the family compound in Kennebunkport, Maine. Bush has died at age 94. Family spokesman Jim McGrath says Bush died shortly after 10 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30, 2018, about eight months after the death of his wife, Barbara Bush. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File)FILE - In this Oct. 7, 2009, file photo, Former President George H.W. Bush, lower right, stands with members of the U.S. team during the playing of the national anthem at the opening ceremonies of the Presidents Cup golf competition in San Francisco. Bush, who died Friday, Nov. 30, 2018, rarely missed a Presidents Cup. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)In this Jan. 18, 2011, photo, former President George H.W. Bush, left, and former Secretary of State James A. Baker III share a moment as they talk about the Gulf War and liberation of Kuwait, during an interview in Houston. Bush didn’t lose his sense of humor even as he was letting go of life. Bush’s longtime friend James A. Baker III tells the story of how his wife, Susan, put a hand on the former president’s forehead and told him he’s loved very much. At which point Baker says Bush “cocked” open an eye and quipped, “Well, you better hurry.” (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)FILE - In this Oct. 22, 2010, file photo, Former President George H. W. Bush, left, and golfing great Arnold Palmer acknowledge the gallery at the Champions Tour golf tournament in The Woodlands, Texas. Bush, who died Friday, Nov. 30, 2018, was one of two presidents inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan, File)In this May 11, 2008, photo, former President George H.W. Bush arrives on the South Lawn of White House in Washington. Bush died at the age of 94 on Friday, Nov. 30, 2018, about eight months after the death of his wife, Barbara Bush. (AP Photo/Lawrence Jackson, File)In this April 3, 2009, photo, former President George H.W. Bush, center, and his wife Barbara, right, talk with Davis Love III on the practice range during the first round of the Houston Open golf tournament in Humble, Texas. Love is among several players Bush used to invited to Maine for golf.(AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)In this Jan. 7, 2009, photo, former President George H. W. Bush, left, walks with his wife, former first lady Barbara Bush, followed by their son, President George W. Bush, and his wife first lady Laura Bush, to a reception in honor of the Points of Light Institute, in the East Room at the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)In this Nov. 10, 2007, photo provided by the U.S. Army Golden Knights, former President George H.W. Bush free falls with Golden Knights parachute team member Sgt. 1st Class Mike Elliott, as he makes a dramatic entrance to his presidential museum during a rededication ceremony in College Station, Texas. (Sgt. 1st Class Kevin McDaniel/U.S. Army via AP, File)In this Jan. 1, 1993, photo, President George H.W. Bush holds a camera at arm's length for a selfie with Marines at Baidoa's airport in Baidoa, Somalia. Bush sent U.S. troops to help starving Somalis during his presidency and later teamed up with his one-time political rival, Bill Clinton, to raise money for victims of natural disasters. It was all part of Bush’s vision for what he called a “kinder, gentler nation.” Bush was a humanitarian and made volunteerism a hallmark of his presidency from 1989 to 1993. (AP Photo/John Moore, File)This image provided by the George H.W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum shows a note written by George H.W. Bush to Bill Clinton. (George H.W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum via AP)In this Nov. 18, 1992, photo President George H.W. Bush shakes hands with President-elect Bill Clinton after an Oval Office meeting in Washington. (AP Photo/Greg Gibson)In this Aug. 24, 1992, photo, President George H.W. Bush and first lady Barbara Bush walk with their dog Millie across the South Lawn as they return to the White House. (AP Photo/Scott Applewhite, File)In photo taken on Oct. 29, 1991, President George H. Bush, left, and Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev sit together at the Soviet Embassy after meeting in Madrid, Spain. Former Soviet premier Mikhail Gorbachev expressed his In this photo taken Wednesday, Aug. 1, 1991, President George H. Bush and Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev exchange pens after signing the START arms reduction treaty in the Kremlin, Moscow. (AP Photo/Boris Yurchenko)In this Feb. 24, 1991, photo, Kuwaiti troops wear gas masks and protective suits as they roll through southern Kuwait in an armed motor convoy, the first full day of ground conflict in Operation Desert Storm. The inverted In this Feb. 11, 1991, photo, President George H.W. Bush talks to reporters in the Rose Garden of the White House after meeting with top military advisors to discuss the Persian Gulf War. From left are, Defense Secretary Dick Cheney, Vice President Dan Quayle, White House Chief of Staff John Sununu, the president, Secretary of State James A. Baker III, and Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Colin Powell. (AP Photo/Ron Edmonds, File)In this Nov. 21, 1990, photo, President George H.W. Bush is greeted by King Fahd as he arrives in Saudi Arabia. At right is first lady Barbara Bush. At center is an interpreter. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)In this Jan. 31, 1990, photo, President George H.W. Bush receives applause from Vice President Dan Quayle, left, and House Speaker Thomas Foley prior to delivering his first State of the Union address on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Bob Daugherty, File)Pres. George H. W. Bush, appearing at a news conference at the White House, tells reporters that he will propose a constitutional amendment to forbid the desecration of the American flag, June 27, 1989, in Washington, D.C., after the Supreme Court ruled it was within 1st amendment rights to burn the flag. (AP Photo/Barry Thumma)In this June 5, 1989, photo, U.S. President George H.W. Bush holds a news conference at the White House in Washington where he condemned the Chinese crackdown on pro-democracy demonstrators in Beijing's Tiananmen Square. (AP Photo/Marcy Nighswander, File)In this Nov. 12, 1988, photo, waves splash on then-President-elect George H.W. Bush as he casts a line while fishing in Gulf Stream, Fla. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens, File)In this Nov. 7, 1984 photo, flag-wavers greet Vice President George Bush after he was re-elected to the post of vice president, in Houston, Texas. The vice president's wife Barbara Bush is seen second from right. Others are unidentified. (AP Photo/F. Carter Smith, File)In this Nov. 3, 1980, photo, former President Gerald Ford lends his support to Republican presidential candidate Ronald Reagan and his running mate, George H.W. Bush in Peoria, Ill. (AP Photo, File)In this July 16, 1980 photo George H.W. Bush, center foreground, acknowledges the crowd before speaking to the Republican Convention delegates in Detroit, MI. (AP Photo/File)In this March 4, 1980 photo, George H.W. Bush and an unidentified woman peek around a partition with a poster of Ronald Reagan, one of his opponents for the Republican party presidential nomination, before he speaks in Columbia, SC. (AP Photo, File)George H.W. Bush, center, is sworn in as director of the Central Intelligence Agency by Supreme Court Associate Justice Potter Stewart, left, as Barbara Bush and President Gerald Ford, right, look on at CIA headquarters in Langley, Va. He served in this role beginning in 1976 for about a year. (AP Photo/File)In this Oct. 18, 1971, photo, U.S. Ambassador George H.W. Bush gestures as he addresses the United Nations General Assembly during the China debate. He denied the U.S. formula was either a In this Dec. 18, 1970, photo, newly appointed United Nations Ambassador George H.W. Bush smiles. (AP Photo/John Duricka, File)

George W. Bush turned the humor back on the acerbic ex-senator, saying of the late president: "He placed great value on a good joke, so he chose Simpson to speak."

Meacham praised Bush's call to volunteerism — his "1,000 points of light" — placing it alongside Abraham Lincoln's call to honor "the better angels of our nature" in the American rhetorical canon. Meacham called those lines "companion verses in America's national hymn."

Former Canadian Prime Minister Brian Mulroney praised Bush as a strong world leader who helped oversee the end of the Cold War and the collapse of the Soviet Union and helped bring about the North American Free Trade Agreement with Canada and Mexico, signed into law by his successor, Clinton.

With Trump, a bitter NAFTA critic, seated in the front row, Mulroney hailed the "largest and richest free trade area in the history of the world." The three countries have agreed on a revised trade agreement pushed by Trump.

On Wednesday morning, a military band played "Hail to the Chief" as Bush's casket was carried down the steps of the U.S. Capitol, where he had lain in state. Family members looked on as servicemen fired off a cannon salute.

His hearse was then driven in a motorcade to the cathedral ceremony, slowing in front of the White House. Bush's route was lined with people much of the way, bundled in winter hats and taking photos.

Bush's death makes Carter, also 94 but more than 100 days younger, the oldest living ex-president.

Following the cathedral service, the hearse and a long motorcade drove to the National Mall to pass by the World War II Memorial, a nod to the late president's service as a World War II Navy pilot, then transferred his remains at Joint Base Andrews for the flight home with members of his family.

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Woodward reported from Washington. Associated Press writers Laurie Kellman, Ashraf Khalil and Darlene Superville in Washington and Juan A. Lozano, David J. Phillip and Nomaan Merchant in Houston contributed to this report.

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