New York Times-Right Now: Friends and family honor President George Bush at Washington National Cathedral.
• President Bush is being eulogized by those who knew him best, including his eldest son, former President George W. Bush; his biographer Jon Meacham, and former Prime Minister Brian Mulroney of Canada and former Senator Alan Simpson of Wyoming.
• The United States’ five living presidents, dignitaries from around the country and leaders from throughout the world filled the Washington National Cathedral for the service, the first presidential funeral since 2006.
• President Trump has no speaking role at the funeral — a break from recent tradition and in accordance with Mr. Bush’s wishes.
A funeral decades in the making
The pomp, pageantry and military precision with which Mr. Bush’s funeral unfolded on Wednesday was a product of decades of planning and practice by military officials and the late president himself. American presidents begin the somewhat macabre exercise of designing their own funerals almost from the moment they are sworn in, the better to put their own personal stamps on an event that amounts to their final official act and message to the nation.