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Last salute: George H W Bush hailed at funeral as ‘soldier-statesman’

The national funeral service capped three days of remembrance in Washington before Bush’s remains return to Texas on Wednesday for burial Thursday.

Last salute: George H W Bush hailed at funeral as 'soldier-statesman'

The late President George H W Bush was hailed at his state funeral on Wednesday as a World War Two hero, Cold War veteran and architect of a U.S. victory against Iraq who went on to represent a bygone era of civility in American politics. (Source: Reuters)

Last salute: George H W Bush hailed at funeral as 'soldier-statesman'

Bush, the 41st US president, died last week in Texas aged 94. He occupied the White House from 1989 to 1993, and navigated the collapse of the Soviet Union and expelled former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein’s forces from oil-rich Kuwait. (Source: Reuters)

Amid an unusual bipartisan spirit at the service at the Washington National Cathedral, both Republican and Democratic politicians honoured a president who called for a “kinder, gentler” nation. (Source: Reuters)

All surviving former US presidents were at the cathedral along with their wives. Democratic former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Trump’s 2016 election opponent, and her husband Bill Clinton shared the front pew with Obama, Trump and their spouses. (Source:: Reuters)

An emotional former President George Bush touches the flag-draped casket of his father, former President George H.W. Bush, after speaking during his State Funeral at the National Cathedral in Washington. (Source: Reuters)

The 43rd president George Bush, in his eulogy, also hailed his father’s friendship with Bill Clinton, who vanquished the elder Bush in the 1992 election. That kind of friendship is unlikely, at least for now, to materialize with the 45th president. (Source: Reuters)

“To us,” the son said of the father, “his was the brightest of a thousand points of light.” George W. Bush broke down briefly at the end of his eulogy while invoking the daughter his parents lost when she was 3 and his mother, Barbara, who died in April. (Source: AP)