The nation honors President George H.W. Bush

By Meg Wagner, Veronica Rocha, Brian Ries, Amanda Wills and Jessie Yeung, CNN
9:04 a.m. ET, December 7, 2018
1:04 p.m. ET, December 6, 2018

Former secretary of state: By celebrating Bush "we are really praising what is best about our nation"

Former Secretary of State James Baker, a close friend of George H.W. Bush, is giving the first eulogy at his Texas funeral.

Baker, who described his relationship with Bush as "one of big brother and little brother," called the former president "one of our nation’s finest presidents."

"And beyond any doubt, our nation’s very best one-term president," Baker added.

Baker continued:

"My hope is that in remembering the life of George Herbert Walker Bush and in honoring his accomplishments, we will see that we are really praising what is best about our nation. The nation he dearly loved and whose values he embodied."

Watch: Baker looks back on his relationship with Bush

11:24 a.m. ET, December 6, 2018

The Oak Ridge Boys arrive for Bush's funeral

The Oak Ridge Boys, a country and gospel vocal quartet, just arrived at St. Martin's Episcopal Church, for former president George H.W. Bush's funeral. The group is expected to perform at the service.

The former president was a fan of the group: In 2012, they performed for him while he was hospitalized.

Watch: Behind Bush's relationship with the Oak Ridge Boys

10:39 a.m. ET, December 6, 2018

This church was also the funeral site for Barbara Bush

From CNN's Veronica Stracqualursi

Today's funeral for former President George H.W. Bush is being held at St. Martin's Episcopal Church in Houston.

Houston has been the Bushes home for years since he left the presidency, and they have worshipped at the church for decades.

The church was also the funeral site for his wife, former first lady Barbara Bush, earlier this year.

9:43 a.m. ET, December 6, 2018

Here's who will eulogize George H.W. Bush today

George P. Bush greets mourners in front of the casket of his grandfather the late former President George H.W. Bush as he lies in state in the US Capitol Rotunda on Tuesday

Former President George H.W. Bush will be remembered at a service at St. Martin's Episcopal Church in Houston this morning.

There will be at least two eulogies at today's funeral, delivered by...

  • Bush's grandson, Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush
  • Bush's close friend, former Secretary of State James Baker

Yesterday, at a state funeral at Washington National Cathedral, four people gave eulogies for the former President:

  • Presidential historian Jon Meacham
  • Former Canadian Prime Minister Brian Mulroney
  • Former Sen. Alan K. Simpson
  • Former President George W. Bush
9:22 a.m. ET, December 6, 2018

Bush will travel to his final resting place on a train painted to resemble Air Force One

From CNN's AJ Willingham

President George H.W. Bush in the cab of the Bush 4141 locomotive at its unveiling in 2005.

After former President George H.W. Bush's funeral in Houston, Texas today, he'll take a train that that was specifically built to honor his life to his final resting place.

A Union Pacific train led by a locomotive dubbed the "Bush 4141" will carry Bush's casket to the George H.W. Bush Presidential Library in College Station, Texas.

This isn't an ordinary train: The Bush 4141 is a rare locomotive that was commissioned to honor the former president in 2005.

It's one of only a handful of Union Pacific trains to bear a color scheme other than the company's traditional gray and yellow: It's painted to resemble Air Force One with a white body, a presidential seal and and long vertical bars of blue.

Watch: The significance of the train explained

9:31 a.m. ET, December 6, 2018

Bush will be remembered at a funeral in Texas today. Here's what to expect.

Former President George H.W. Bush's body has been lying in repose at St. Martin's Episcopal Church in Houston, Texas since yesterday.

Here's how today's services will unfold:

  • A funeral service at St. Martin's Episcopal Church is scheduled for 11:00 a.m. ET.
  • Bush's grandson, Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush, and his close friend, former Secretary of State James Baker, will deliver eulogies at the service.
  • After the service, Bush's body will be taken to the George H.W. Bush Presidential Library in College Station, Texas.
  • Bush will be laid to rest at the library, where both former first lady Barbara Bush and their late daughter Robin are buried.
7:47 a.m. ET, December 6, 2018

George W. and Jeb Bush are co-executors of George H.W. Bush's will

Former US President George W. Bush (r.) and his brother, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, arrive for the funeral service for their father, former US President George H. W. Bush Wednesday.

The last will and testament of George H.W. Bush filed in probate court in Harris County names two of his sons — George W. and Jeb Bush — as the co-executors of his estate.

The will, dated April 16, 2009, first listed his late wife Barbara Bush as the independent executrix. George W. and Jeb were named independent co-executors in the event of her passing before him.

8:03 p.m. ET, December 5, 2018

Bush lies in repose at St. Martin's Episcopal Church in Houston

The presidential hearse carrying President George H.W. Bush just arrived at St. Martin's Episcopal Church in Houston, Texas.

He will lie in repose at the church from 6:45 p.m. Wednesday to 6 a.m. central time Thursday.

A funeral service is scheduled for Thursday at 10 a.m. central time.

Watch the arrival to St. Martin's Episcopal Church here:

7:18 p.m. ET, December 5, 2018

George H.W. Bush already knew what was in Jon Meacham's eulogy

From CNN's Jamie Gangel

Presidential historian Jon Meacham delivers a eulogy at the state funeral service of former President George H.W. Bush on Dec. 5, 2018 in Washington, DC.

President historian Jon Meacham had read the eulogy he delivered today at the state funeral to George H.W. Bush before he passed away, a source with knowledge told CNN.

Meacham, Bush's biographer, told the assembled family, friends and dignitaries of Bush's life code: "Tell the truth. Don't blame people. Be strong. Do your best. Try hard. Forgive. Stay the course."

Meacham called it "the most American of creeds."

Bush, Meacham said, had a lasting impact.