Mourners line tracks as funeral train carries President George H.W. Bush to burial next to wife, daughter

first_imgDavid J. Phillip-Pool/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — The nation’s farewell to President George H.W. Bush is ending in his adopted home state of Texas, when, after a more intimate service for family and friends Thursday, he will be buried where he had long hoped to be: next to his wife, Barbara, and their daughter, Robin, who broke their hearts when she died at age 3 of leukemia.After the church service, a presidential funeral train carried Bush’s casket on a 70-mile final journey to the burial site, moving slowly at times as mourners, some saluting, many waving American flags, stood along the tracks in his honor.At the Texas funeral, he was eulogized by his longtime best friend, James Baker, who became his secretary of state and was with him in his last hours.He described Bush as “a truly beautiful human being.”“Man’s glory begins and ends with friends,” Baker said in a tearful description of their many decades together. He began with an apology to a man he said was always humble, but always clear in his decisions.“I’m about to do something you always hated — brag about yourself,” he said. “I will do this because it must be done.”In a gesture to ways of the past – a time well before presidential Twitter feeds – he called Bush a “charter member of the greatest generation,” the “finest” one-term president the country ever had, and a man who believed in “humility toward and not humiliation of” his adversaries.Baker also poked fun, joking that during a friendly disagreement, Bush used what Baker said was his “effective way of ending a discussion:” ‘Baker, if you’re so smart, why am I president and you’re not?’”As he finished, he paraphrased the Irish poet William Butler Yeats, saying, “Our glory, George, was to have you as our president, and such a friend,” then broke briefly into tears. As he walked back to his pew, he got a warm hug from former President George W. Bush.George Prescott Bush, the late president’s grandson and the son of former presidential candidate Jeb Bush, followed Baker. Bush, who served in the Navy like his grandfather, shared memories of the good times the Bush grandchildren had with the man they knew as “Gampy.”Speaking at his father’s emotional service in Washington on Wednesday, the 43rd president said the family took solace in knowing the elder Bush will be reunited with those who meant so much to him.“So, through our tears, let us see the blessings of knowing and loving you – a great and noble man, and the best father a son or daughter could have,” he said, choking up. “And in our grief, let us smile knowing that Dad is hugging Robin and holding Mom’s hand again.”H.W. Bush became a Texas transplant in the late 1950s after graduating from Yale University and leaving his home in a wealthy town in Connecticut, where he was raised. He moved his growing family to West Texas to learn the oil industry from the ground up, eventually deciding to run for Congress, embarking on his long career in politics.Before the Texas funeral began, he lay in repose at the St. Martin’s Episcopal Church in Houston, which the Bushes joined in 1959.The Texas ceremonies were intended for about 1,200 friends of the family — many of whom are said to hail from “west of the Mississippi” — and included stars from the country music world Bush came to love: Reba McEntire sang “The Lord’s Prayer” and the Oak Ridge Boys performed a rendition of “Amazing Grace.”It was in marked contrast to the more formal funeral in Washington, during which the world watched as all five of the nation’s living presidents, as well as first ladies and hundreds of the city’s power figures, gathered at the Washington National Cathedral.According to a Bush family spokesperson, the late president, who had a signature pair of socks for seemingly every occasion, will be buried in a pair showing Navy fighter planes flying in formation, honoring his days as a naval aviator, a lifelong source of pride.In return, in an unprecedented gesture, the Navy will conduct the largest-ever 21-aircraft missing man formation to mark Bush’s wartime legacy.“In addition to being our president, he was also one of our brothers, flying combat missions off aircraft carriers during World War II. His service to our Navy and nation merits a tribute of this magnitude,” Rear Adm. Roy Kelley, commander of Naval Air Force Atlantic, said in a statement.The F/A-18 Hornets and Super Hornets will fly over the interment ceremony at the George H.W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum at Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas.The special train taking Bush’s casket and family to the gravesite is reminiscent of previous presidential funeral trains.This one, designated the Union Pacific No. 4141 and painted in the colors of Air Force One, was unveiled in his honor back in 2005.At a final, private graveside service, in the late afternoon, “Taps” will be played and the Navy hymn, “Eternal Father, Strong to Save,” will be sung, and George H.W. Bush will be laid to rest.On his simple headstone, what he once said all he wanted: his U.S. Navy identification number and the inscription: “He loved Barbara very much.”Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Challenge Bahrain confirms Art Rotana as official race hotel

first_img Related The Amwaj Islands in Bahrain are being billed as the new triathlon hotspot for the country, as the area becomes the base for this year’s Challenge Bahrain. With a unique twist, the event in the Middle East is expected to be ‘the world’s largest night triathlon’ when it takes place on 20 November 2015.Swim and run courses were revealed last week with the bike course due to be confirmed shortly. With the grand final of the prestigious Nasser bin Hamad Triple Crown also taking place, athletes from around the world are set to travel to compete.Challenge Bahrain has also confirmed Art Rotana-Amwaj as the official race hotel for the 2015 edition of the event.Art Rotana features 311 sea view rooms and suites, fully equipped meeting rooms with conference facilities, a choice of restaurants and a fully equipped Beach Club, including Bodylines Fitness and Wellness.The hotel is family friendly offering different entertainment and attraction for kids, from a kids club and waterpark to supervised group activities. An intriguing attraction is the dancing fountain, which blends light and music to ‘create mesmerising entertainment and a permanent art collection’ under the theme ‘moment in time’. This feature adorns the hotel lobby and reflects an artistic focus of the unique property.Art Rotana aims to combine an all-inspiring ambience with ample facilities to appeal to an array of guests of different ages, backgrounds and read more

Hancock Pleads Not Guilty to Charges of Sexual Abuse/Exploitation of Minor Charges

first_imgHancock’s trial is set for the week of April 18. Alexander: “Thirteen counts related to the possession and distribution of images of child sexual exploitation.” On February 3, the Alaska Bureau of investigation asked that anyone with information regarding potential victims of Hancock to contact Soldotna Investigator Vince Peronto at 907-260-2709. He faces a potential sentence of two to 99 years in jail on each of the 13 counts of child pornography if convicted. FacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Soldotna resident and former Peninsula Martial Arts teacher Michael Dean Hancock pleaded not guilty to various charges of sexual abuse of a minor and unlawful exploitation of a minor in Kenai court Thursday.center_img In Kenai, Hancock faces 20-99 years in prison and a fine of up to $500,000 for First Degree Sexual Abuse of a minor. For the charges of Second Degree Sexual Abuse and Unlawful Exploitation of a Minor he faces up to ten years in prison and a fine of $100,000 each. Originally he was indicted by an Anchorage Grand Jury on January 14 according to Assistant Attorney General Adam Alexander… Hancock was indicted by a Kenai Grand Jury on February 3 for one count of Sexual Abuse of a Minor in the First Degree, one count of Sexual Abuse of a Minor in the Second Degree, and three counts of Unlawful Exploitation of a Minor.last_img read more

Several to be arraigned in WBD robbery

first_imgSeveral persons are expected to be arraigned today at the Vreed-en-Hoop Magistrate’s Court in relation to a robbery which was executed at a Chinese restaurant at Goed Fortuin, West Bank Demerara on March 3 at about 03:00hrs.This is according to Police “D” Division Commander, Leslie James.Reports are that several men broke into the worker’s quarters, the second building in the yard. The Chinese restaurant is situated at the front, and and the owner, Su San, occupies living quarters at the back.This publication was told that one of the workers was awakened by a strange sound, and upon checking was confronted by a group of men, who took away his mobile phone and took him into the living quarters, where they demanded money and other valuables.Reportedly armed with cutlasses, crowbars, and knives, according to Police “D” Division Commander, Leslie James, the armed men ransacked several rooms in the building but did not find cash. However, they fled the scene with one computer, one mobile phone and bottle of Hennessy, James said.The Police were contacted and a search was quickly launched. At the scene, a toy gun was recovered. However, it is uncertain if that was the instrument used to conduct the daring robbery. Within hours, the police had apprehended several persons in relation to this incident.last_img read more