Photos from the funeral services for George H.W. Bush

Cameron Pollack  NPR

According to the spokesperson who worked for George H.W. Bush post-presidency, while making plans for the services, the president asked, "Do you think anyone will come?"

Wednesday's national funeral service caps three days of remembrance by dignitaries and ordinary citizens.

Here are photos from the somber event.

Several of the living former presidents and first ladies - spare former President George W. Bush and his wife Laura who arrived later ahead of the casket - had been sitting, chatting happily together in the cathedral's prominent front pew.

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With President Donald Trump, a sharp NAFTA critic, seated in the front row at Bush's funeral, Mulroney said Wednesday the deal "created the largest and richest free trade area in the history of the world" and was "recently modernized and improved by new administrations".

Special Air Mission 41 lands at Houston's Ellington Field; George H.W. Bush will lie in repose overnight at St. Martin's Episcopal Church before traveling by train to College Station, where he will be laid to rest near his presidential library at Texas A&M University.

In addition to the former presidents, former vice presidents and their spouses were also present.

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