Bob Dole rises from his wheelchair to salute George HW Bush


Bush, left, stands hands with his grandfather, former President George H.W. Bush in NY prior to their remarks at a reception hosted by the Hispanic Alliance for Progress Institute in conjunction with the Republican National Convention.

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.

Trump's relationship with the Bush family has been tense.

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

"I think he was one of the kindest, most generous men", said Marge Frazier, who visited the downtown statue Sunday while showing friends from California around.

Ryan recalled how Bush earned his first vote as a young man, adding that the former president was a "great patriot".

Bush was elected USA president in 1988 as the successor to Ronald Reagan.

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Trump has ordered the federal government to close on Wednesday and both the New York Stock Exchange and Nasdaq will be closed in observance.

Bush's body was flown to Washington, D.C., on Monday. There will be a motorcade that transports Bush to Washington National Cathedral for a state funeral.

In a recent essay, Clinton declared of Bush: "I just loved him".

He will be buried alongside his wife Barbara Bush who died seven months ago, and Robin Bush, the daughter the couple lost to leukemia in 1953 at age 3. Flags on public buildings are flying at half-staff for 30 days.

Remembrances to George and Barbara Bush sprang up in the Houston neighbourhood where they made their home, at a memorial to the late president at a city park and at the airport named in his honor.

Bush's death also reduces membership in the ex-presidents' club to four: Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama.