The nation honors President George H.W. Bush

By Meg Wagner, Veronica Rocha, Brian Ries, Amanda Wills and Jessie Yeung, CNN
12:02 p.m. ET, December 13, 2018
9:09 p.m. ET, December 3, 2018

Former President George H.W. Bush lies in state at US Capitol

A US military honor guard stands watch as former U.S. President George H.W. Bush lies in state in the US Capitol Rotunda Dec.3, 2018 in Washington, DC.

Former President George H.W. Bush will lie in state in the Capitol Rotunda until Wednesday morning.

The public can pay their respects to the 41st president until 8:45 a.m. ET Wednesday.

We're wrapping our live coverage for the night, but we'll be back tomorrow morning.

You can scroll through the posts below to read more about Monday's memorial service, watch a livestream of the Capitol Rotunda in the video player above or visit CNN Politics.

9:09 p.m. ET, December 3, 2018

The President and first lady pay their respects to Bush

President Trump and first lady Melania Trump paid their respects to former President George H.W. Bush in the Capitol Rotunda on Monday night.

The Trumps spent about a minute and 15 seconds in the Rotunda. The President and first lady closed their eyes in apparent prayer. The President then saluted as the first lady placed her hand over her heart.

Trump will pay a condolence call to the Bush family on Tuesday at Blair House, according to the sources, a government house across the street from the White House.

Presidents Donald Trump, Barack Obama, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter are all expected to attend the funeral on Wednesday at the Washington National Cathedral, according to sources familiar with the planning of the funeral. The current and all former first ladies are also expected to attend, except for Rosalynn Carter, according to the sources.

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8:24 p.m. ET, December 3, 2018

Postal Service will suspend regular mail deliveries Wednesday to honor Bush

From CNN's Kate Sullivan

The US Postal Service announced it will "suspend regular mail deliveries, retail services and administrative office activity" on Wednesday for the national day of mourning honoring the late former President George H.W. Bush.

"Out of respect for the 41st President of the United States and to honor his vast contributions to our country during his lifetime, and consistent with the Presidential Proclamation," a statement on the USPS website reads, "the United States Postal Service will suspend regular mail deliveries, retail services and administrative office activity on Dec. 5."

The Postal Service said it will provide "limited package delivery service" that day.

The White House said Saturday that President Donald Trump would declare Wednesday a national day of mourning for the country's 41st president.

8:12 p.m. ET, December 3, 2018

Dick Cheney: George H.W. Bush was a "phenomenal leader"

Former Vice President Dick Cheney, left, and and former Vice President Dan Quayle, await the arrival of the procession carrying the casket of former President George H. W. Bush at the Capitol on Dec. 3, 2018 in Washington.

Former Vice President Dick Cheney described President George H.W. Bush as a "phenomenal leader" who did a "beautiful job" managing key political events worldwide.

"I mean you couldn't find anybody better equipped when he arrived, those set of circumstances that we all experienced during that particular four-year period," Cheney, who served as Bush's defense secretary, told CNN Monday. "I mean we had had 70-some years of Cold War and so forth, but it was the time when everything came to a head, the Soviet Union went out of business -- Germany was reunited, eastern Europe was liberated. A bunch of things we worked ought for years all of a sudden occurred on his watch, and he had to manage it and did a beautiful job of it."

Cheney eventually went on to serve as vice president in former President George W. Bush's administration.

The Bushes, he said, had a "very close relationship."

Cheney said one of his favorite photographs is of Bush junior's first day on the job. The photo, he said, shows Bush senior and junior talking about the presidency in the Oval Office.

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7:40 p.m. ET, December 3, 2018

These are the socks George H.W. Bush will be buried in

George H.W. Bush will be laid to rest in socks with jets on them, a tribute to "his lifetime of service, starting as an 18-year-old naval aviator in war," Bush's spokesman Jim McGrath tweeted Monday.

Bush is known for his bold footwear: When Parkinson's disease mostly silenced him in public, Bush flashed his sense of humor by sporting colorful striped socks.

Earlier this year, at his wife's funeral, he wore socks with books on them — a nod to Barbara Bush's main cause during her White House years: literacy.

9:10 p.m. ET, December 3, 2018

President Trump will visit the Rotunda tonight

Former President George H. W. Bush lies in state in the US Capitol Rotunda on Dec. 3, 2018 in Washington, DC.

President Trump and first lady Melania Trump will visit the Capitol Rotunda on Monday night to pay their respects to former President George H.W. Bush.

The Trumps will visit the Bush family at the Blair House, a government house across the street from the White House, on Tuesday.

As of Monday morning, all living Presidents are expected to attend Bush's funeral on Wednesday at the Washington National Cathedral.

6:13 p.m. ET, December 3, 2018

US Supreme Court justices pay respect to Bush

Moments after the memorial concluded, several members of the Supreme Court paid their respect Monday evening to former President George H.W. Bush.

Justices Clarence Thomas, Stephen Breyer, Sonia Sotomayor, Samuel Alito, Elena Kagan, Neil Gorsuch, Brett Kavanaugh, Chief Justice John Roberts and retired Justice Anthony Kennedy stood solemnly in front of the former president's casket.

Bush is now lying in state.

Officials are paying their respects right now. The public can pay their respects to the 41st president from 7:30 p.m. ET Monday to 8:45 a.m. ET Wednesday.

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6:23 p.m. ET, December 3, 2018

Pence remembers the touching handwritten letter Bush sent his marine aviator son

In remarks at the Rotunda, Vice President Mike Pence recounted former President George H.W. Bush's military service and political rise, and lauded Bush's navigation of a wartime presidency.

"There was a kindness about the man that was evident to everyone who ever met him. All his years in public service were characterized by kindness, modesty and patriotism," Pence said, describing how he met the then-vice president in 1988.

Pence spoke of when his own son, a marine aviator, made his first tailed hook landing on the USSR George Herbert Walker Bush. Bush not only signed a picture of the flight deck as a gift to Pence's son, but sent a handwritten congratulatory letter as well.

Bush had written in the letter, "I wish you many CAVU days ahead" -- an aviation acronym meaning "ceiling and visibility unlimited."

"That may well describe the essence of this man, and it may well have been his vision. The vision he had for his life, for his children, his children's children and his country. No barriers, no boundaries, no limits," Pence said.

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5:47 p.m. ET, December 3, 2018

The photo of George H.W. Bush that Paul Ryan will never forget

House Speaker Paul Ryan, describing how George H.W. Bush "personified grace," spoke of a photo he will always remember -- it shows the older Bush holding his son President George W. Bush's hand at the service for America's National Day of Prayer and Remembrance on Sept. 14, 2001, just days after the Sept. 11 terror attacks.

"This one I will never forget," Ryan said, describing it as an image revealing "a loving father reaching out to hold his son's hand."

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