(NBC News) Family and friends of President George H.W. Bush gathered at Houston’s St. Martin’s Episcopal Church Thursday to say goodbye to the man they say was defined by his public service.
“George Herbert Walker Bush was the most decent, humble man I will ever know,” grandson George P. Bush said.
The president’s best friend and former Secretary of State, James Baker, struggled to say goodbye.
“We rejoice to you Mr. President, that you are safely tucked in now and through the ages with God’s loving arms around you,” a tearful Baker said. “Because our glory, George, was to have you as our president and as such a friend.”
As his flag-draped casket left the chapel and adopted hometown of Houston for the last time, thousands lined the streets and train tracks leading to College Station.
A locomotive bearing his name carried the 41st president back to the place he always felt most comfortable, at his wife’s side.
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