President Trump, Predecessors Gather for George H. W. Bush’s State Funeral

WASHINGTON-No American president was "more courageous, more principled and more honourable than George Herbert Walker Bush", former Canadian prime minister Brian Mulroney said in an eulogy at Wednesday's state funeral.

The Grammy victor on Thursday followed the Oak Ridge Boys, who were one of the president's favorite musical acts and who sang "Amazing Grace" during the service at St. Martin's Episcopal Church in Houston.

More than 11,000 people paid their respects to George H.W. Bush as the 41st president lay in repose all night at a Houston church where his family worshipped.

Watch a livestream of Thursday's funeral below, when it is available.

The passing of Bush, only the second president to see his son follow him to the Oval Office, has led Americans to reflect on his life of duty and service to country as a leader of the so-called "Greatest Generation". Trump and Hillary Clinton did not acknowledge each other. President Donald Trump, who has mocked Bush and his politician sons, was seated beside Democrats Barack and Michelle Obama, Bill and Hillary Clinton and Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter. What a great life he had.

Bush died November 30 at his home in Houston. "For millions and millions across the globe, the world became a better place because George Bush occupied the White House".

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Trump also shook Michelle Obama's hand and exchanged a greeting. Lemon said, referring to footage of Trump and the Obamas shaking hands. Trump also declared Wednesday a national day of mourning. "He stood in the breach in the Cold War against totalitarianism".

The remains of Bush, who died last week in Texas at the age of 94, were flown to Texas on Wednesday evening following a formal state funeral where the World War Two veteran-turned-politician was hailed as a warrior-statesman of uncommon personal kindness. Flags on public buildings are flying at half-staff for 30 days.

During the transition between their shows, Lemon said, "Nope".

Bush's service dog, Sully, was taken to the viewing, too - his main service these last months since Barbara Bush's death in April being to rest his head on her husband's lap.

Bush spokesman Jim McGrath told the Associated Press that the funeral train has been part of the plan for years. Jeb Bush stepped up to try to extend that run but fell short when Trump won the 2016 Republican primaries.

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