PHOTOS: Texas funeral held for former President George H.W. Bush

PHOTOS: Texas funeral held for former President George H.W. Bush

People pay their respects as the flag-draped casket of former President George H.W. Bush lies in repose at St. Martin’s Episcopal Church Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018, in Houston. (Photo: David J. Phillip, Pool/AP)

Former President George H.W. Bush will be mourned on Thursday at the Houston church where he worshipped for many years, a final public farewell before his remains are taken by train to their resting place at his Texas presidential library.

The remains of Bush, who died last week in Texas at the age of 94, were flown to Texas on Wednesday evening following a formal state funeral where the World War Two veteran-turned-politician was hailed as a warrior-statesman of uncommon personal kindness.

Amid an unusual bipartisan spirit at the service at Washington’s National Cathedral, both Republican and Democratic politicians honored a president who called for a “kinder, gentler” nation.

“George H.W. Bush was America’s last great soldier-statesman,” presidential biographer Jon Meacham said in a eulogy. “He stood in the breach in the Cold War against totalitarianism. He stood in the breach in Washington against unthinking partisanship.”

Bush’s remains were accompanied by members of his family, and were taken by motorcade to St. Martin’s Episcopal Church.

The flag-draped casket of former President George H.W. Bush is carried by a joint services military honor guard into St. Martin’s Episcopal Church Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018, in Houston. (Photo: Mark Humphrey/AP)

The Houston church remained open through the night for mourners, who began lining up on Wednesday morning, to pay their final respects.

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The Rev. Dr. Russell J. Levenson, Jr., rector of St. Martin’s Episcopal Church, says a prayer over the casket of former President George H.W. Bush as he lies in repose at St. Martin’s Episcopal Church Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018, in Houston. (Photo: David J. Phillip/Pool via Reuters)

Visitors pay their respects to the flag-draped casket of former President George H.W. Bush at St. Martin’s Episcopal Church, Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018, in Houston. (Photo: Mark Humphrey/AP)

The flag-draped casket of former President George H.W. Bush is carried by a joint services military honor guard at St. Martin’s Episcopal Church Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018, in Houston. (Photo: Mark Humphrey/AP)

The flag-draped casket of former President George H.W. Bush is carried by a joint services military honor guard at St. Martin’s Episcopal Church Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018, in Houston. (Photo: Gerald Herbert/AP)

The flag-draped casket of former President George H.W. Bush arrives at St. Martin’s Episcopal Church Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018, in Houston. (Photo: Gerald Herbert/AP)

Daniel Medina stands next to his flag on an overpass as he videos the hearse carrying the body of former President George H.W. Bush as it travels in the motorcade north on I-45 from Ellington Field to St. Martin’s Episcopal Church after returning from Washington D.C., after the state funeral, Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018, in Houston, Texas. (Photo: Michael Wyke/AP)

The flag-draped casket of former President George H.W. Bush is carried by a joint services military honor guard at Ellington Field Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018, in Houston. (Photo: Eric Gay/AP)

The flag-draped casket of former President George H.W. Bush is carried by a joint services military honor guard Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018, at Ellington Field in Houston. (Photo: Eric Gay/AP)

Former President George W. Bush and family members of former President George H.W. Bush walk off Special Air Mission 41 as the casket arrives at Ellington Field Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018, in Houston. (Photo: Eric Gay/AP)

The flag-draped casket of former President George H.W. Bush is carried by a joint services military honor guard Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018, at Ellington Field in Houston. (Photo: David J. Phillip, Pool/AP)

As the smoke swirls from the 21 gun salute, the flag-draped casket of former President George H.W. Bush is carried by a joint services military honor guard at Ellington Field Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018, in Houston. (Photo: Eric Gay/AP)

A worker sets up barricades along the rail line where the casket of former President George H.W. Bush will travel aboard the Union Pacific funeral train in Navasota, Texas, Dec. 5, 2018. (Photo: Nick Oxford/Reuters)

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