Former President George W. Bush breaks down remembering his father and sister

In salute to Bush, a nod to passing of 'greatest generation'

In salute to Bush, a nod to passing of 'greatest generation'

Washington is bidding its final farewell to former President George H.W. Bush, his funeral at Washington National Cathedral drawing world envoys, the four remaining ex-presidents, and President Donald Trump.

The nation and its five living presidents joined the Bush family on Wednesday afternoon in celebrating the life of 41st President George H.W. Bush, who died on November 30 at age 94. "And I was like, 'How long have you had these?' They said, 'A long time".

President George W. Bush delivered the main eulogy, remembering his father with loving tales of his optimism, patriotism, adventurous spirit and integrity in a way that only a son can. "A great and noble man. And in our grief, let us smile knowing that dad is hugging Robin and holding mom's hand again".

Bush's remains will be returned to Houston to lie in repose before burial Thursday at his family plot on the presidential library grounds at Texas A&M University in College Station. Barbara Bush passed away in April at age 92.

Former Senator Alan Simpson, friends with Bush dating back to 1962, also spoke at the funeral-opening with a joke about the stern instructions he'd received from the late president regarding speech length before detailing the pair's history, eventually calling his friend "the most decent and honorable man I've ever met".

Bush can be seen digging an item out of his left pocket as he approached the front pew of the National Cathedral, where President Trump and first lady Melania Trump, as well as three former Democratic presidents and first ladies, were seated.