George H.W. Bush's service dog, Sully, is honored: 'Mission complete'

Former U.S. President George H.W. Bush stands on his car and waves to crowds in Tiananman Square in Beijing Feb. 25 1989. Chinese state media are praising Bush as a

Chief Judge Mary Ellen Barbera of the Maryland Court of Appeals announced that all courts in Maryland, including district, circuit and appeals courts, will also be closed December 5.

With Wednesday designated as a National Day of Mourning for the late former President George H.W. Bush, most federal offices will be closed, the stock markets will be shuttered and the mail will be suspended for the day.

Sully can perform a two-page list of commands, including answering the phone and fetching items. She poses with three members of the residence staff in the second photo.

President Donald Trump, who was not present for the hourlong tribute with the other leaders, arrived later with first lady Melania Trump to pay respects. The Bushes are staying there.

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Both the House and Senate shut down most business on Monday, with lawmakers quickly passing resolutions to allow Mr. Bush to lie in state in the Rotunda, and to use the catafalque, or funeral bier, that was first constructed to hold President Abraham Lincoln's casket in 1865. He and Trump shook hands.

After services in Washington, Bush will be returned to Houston to lie in repose at St. Martin's Episcopal Church before burial Thursday at his family plot on the library grounds. On Monday, his body was brought to the US Capitol rotunda where Bush will lie in state until Wednesday morning, an honor reserved for government officials and military officers. One of 41's last wishes was for Sully to continue to serve. Bush will also be laid to rest next to Robin Bush, the family's 3-year-old daughter Pauline Robinson Bush, who died of leukemia 65 years ago. Flags on public buildings are flying at half-staff for 30 days out of respect for Bush.

"The shared loss reveals who we really are", he said, adding that a minority of people are still using Bush's death to divide others: "God help those [people]". Trump and former Presidents Barack Obama, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter are expected to attend the service, according to sources familiar with the planning of the funeral.

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