More than 11,000 Texans lined up overnight outside a Houston church to pay their respects to George H.W. Bush ahead of a morning service.
Thousands paid their respects to the late Bush as the 41st president lay in repose all night at the St. Martin’s Episcopal Church in Houston where his family worshiped.
Some visitors waited for hours Wednesday night to pay tribute to Bush, who will be buried Thursday following a funeral at St. Martin’s Episcopal Church.
Lines already started forming at the church on Wednesday afternoon before his casket had even arrived from Washington D.C. People lined up at the nearby Second Baptist Church as they went through security and waited for buses to take them to St. Martin’s.
About 1,200 mourners are expected at the service Thursday morning.
James Baker, Bush’s former secretary of state and longtime confidant, will deliver a eulogy. Bush’s grandson George P. Bush, who is the Texas land commissioner, will give the other eulogy.
The Houston funeral is set to feature music from some of the former president’s favorite country music stars.
The Oak Ridge Boys will perform ‘Amazing Grace’ and Reba McEntire will sing ‘The Lord’s Prayer’ at Thursday’s services.
Duane Allen of the Oak Ridge Boys said Bush had personally requested that the group sing ‘Amazing Grace’ at his funeral after they first struck up a friendship when Bush was vice president.
A special train will then take Bush’s casket to the campus of Texas A&M University in College Station, where he will be buried at his presidential library next to his wife, Barbara, and their young daughter Robin, who died in 1953.
The country said a bid a formal goodbye to Bush on Wednesday in a national funeral service in Washington.
The service at Washington National Cathedral included high praise and a hefty dose of humor.
As three former presidents and President Donald Trump looked on, former President George W. Bush eulogized his father as ‘the brightest of a thousand points of light’.
Bush’s body was flown by Air Force One to Houston’s Ellington Air Field on Wednesday evening following the service.
Mourners gathered at the airport to pay their respects to Bush as a black hearse waited for the flag-draped casket on the tarmac.
While Bush’s casket was escorted from the aircraft to the hearse, several other family members trailed behind.
A motorcade then drove 45 minutes to St. Martin’s Episcopal Church.