Tributes pour in for George H.W. Bush’s life of service

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From a small wreath-laying near former president George H.W. Bush’s summer home in Kennebunkport, Maine, tributes of different measures are being made to honor a man many felt a connection to.

In the Capitol Rotunda — a moving moment caught on camera as former U.S. Senator and republican presidential candidate Bob Dole paid respects. Dole was helped from his wheelchair to salute his fellow veteran’s casket.

Next to former and current national leaders, sports legends Peyton Manning, Phil Mickelson, Mike Krzyzewski and Tony La Russa, all gathering to show reverence as No. 41 was lying in state at the Capitol.

Tugging on Americas’ heartstrings — a poignant picture of golden labrador “Sully”  going viral on social media. Sully was the former president’s service dog for the past six months.

Because of the Americans with Disabilities Act that Bush signed into law — people may see 2-year-old Sully in attendance at the National Cathedral on Wednesday — should the family choose to have him there.

Then, Thursday there’s the last stretch of the route for the 41st president, taking family from Houston to College Station.  

All family will be aboard a custom-painted train honoring George H.W. Bush’s legacy with Engine 41-41 named in his honor.

A train car painted with the American flag will carry the former president to his final place to rest.

For more coverage of Wednesday’s service beginning at about 9:45 a.m., watch NewsChannel 9.

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