HOUSTON (Covering Katy News) – The body of President George H.W. Bush will return to Texas from Washington after the 41st president lies in state starting at 11:30 p.m. Monday night at the Capitol until 8:45 a.m. on Wednesday.
When Bush’s body returns on Wednesday, the public is invited to honor and celebrate his life by paying their respects at several locations. There will be several opportunities for public attendance along motorcade routes between Houston, Spring and College Station this week.
Ellington Field – Wednesday, Dec. 5, 5 p.m.
There will be a private ceremony at Ellington Field after the plane carrying President Bush’s body lands in Houston. Following that event a motorcade carrying the body of President Bush will travel to St. Martin’s Episcopal Church, at 717 Sage Roadoff Woodway Drive, a short distance west of the 610 Loop. The motorcade is scheduled to arrive at the church at approximately 5:45 p.m.
St. Martin’s Episcopal Church – Thursday, Dec. 6, 11:30 a.m.
President Bush will be lying in response for parts of the day on Wednesday and Thursday. The public is invited to pay their respects to President Bush as he lies in repose at St. Martin’s beginning Wednesday, Dec. 5 at 6:30 p.m. until Thursday, Dec. 6 at 8:30 a.m. Parking will be provided at Second Baptist Church on Woodway Driveat Voss Road in Houston. There will be no parking available at St. Martin’s Church. A free shuttle service will be provided, and shuttles will run continuously between the two churches starting at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday.
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Lines at St. Martin’s Episcopal Church are expected to be very long. All public participants are subject to security searches. Allow ample time for security procedures. Protocol requires that cellphones and other electronic devices must be turned off upon entering the building.
Security requirements prohibit the following items from entering St. Martin’s Episcopal Church:
Any bag larger than 14 inches by 13 inches by 4 inches
Any audio and/or video recording devices
Guns, knives, stun guns, ammunition, razors, box cutters or other weapons
Mace, pepper spray or any aerosol sprays ●cans and bottles
Food or beverages
Union Pacific Railroad Westfield Auto Facility Thursday, Dec. 6, 1 p.m.
The facility is located at 24125 Aldine Westfield Road in Spring. The motorcade will travel from St. Martin’s Episcopal Church to the Union Pacific Railroad Westfield Auto Facility. The motorcade is scheduled to arrive at approximately 12:15 p.m. There will be a 1 p.m. private event at the Union Pacific facility.
The president’s body will be loaded onto a specially designed Presidential Union Pacific locomotive. It will be the first time a presidential funeral train has been used since 1969. President Dwight D. Eisenhower was the last to have a funeral train. The engine has the number 4141 in honor of the 41st president. It is painted in the same colors as Air Force One was at the time of the Bush 41 presidency. The funeral train will travel from Spring, Texas, to Texas A&M University, College Station. The train is scheduled to arrive at approximately 3:45 p.m. at Texas A&M University, home of the George H.W. Bush Presidential Library.
Texas A&M University – Thursday, Dec. 6, 4 p.m.
The funeral train will travel from Texas A&M to the George H.W. Bush Presidential Library Center at 1000 George Bush Drive. The train will stop on the tracks near Kyle Field, 756 Houston Street at about 3:25 p.m. The president’s body and his family will exit the train cars and travel up George Bush Drive to the George H.W. Bush Presidential Library. The motorcade is scheduled to arrive at approximately 4:15 p.m. The graveside burial will be for family only.
IN LIEU OF FLOWERS:
The Bush family respectfully requests contributions to celebrate the life of President Bush be made to the George Bush Memorial Fund, georgehwbush.com/memorial_fund.html.