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Nation celebrates life of George H.W. Bush in moving ceremony

It was an incredibly moving day Wednesday in Washington, D.C. as the nation celebrated the life of President George H.W. Bush. (WGME)

WASHINGTON, DC (WGME) – It was an incredibly moving day Wednesday in Washington, D.C. as the nation celebrated the life of President George H.W. Bush.

The memorial service at the National Cathedral was emotional, with both tears and laughter.

After the ceremony, a motorcade took Bush’s remains through the nation’s capital one last time, passing the White House and the World War II memorial.

He arrived Wednesday afternoon at Joint Base Andrews, where he left the nation’s capital, heading towards his final resting place in Texas.

Thousands gathered in the National Cathedral to remember George Herbert Walker Bush, who died last week at the age of 94.

With a 21-gun salute, the Bush family gathered, hands on heart, as the casket began its journey to Washington's National Cathedral.

President Trump and the First Lady joined three former Presidents and their wives to pay final respects to George Herbert Walker Bush. A fourth former President, George W. Bush, delivered a eulogy for his father, full of humor and affection.

“Let us know the blessings of knowing and loving you, a great and noble man,” Bush said. “The best father a son or daughter could have, and in our grief let us smile, knowing dad is hugging Robin and holding mom's hand again.”

Canada's former Prime Minister remembered the elder Bush's contribution to the nation, and complimented his leadership.

“Every single head of government in the world knew they were dealing with a gentleman, a genuine leader, one who was distinguished, resolute and brave,” Brian Mulroney said.

Bush will be buried on the grounds of his presidential library in College Station. He'll be laid to rest next to his wife Barbara, who passed away earlier this year, and their daughter Robin, who died at the age of three.

In lieu of flowers, the Bush family is requesting donations to the George Bush Memorial Fund.

If you'd like to honor President Bush, you can dedicate a day to service.

To find information on local opportunities, click here.

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