VERY MOVING: President George H.W Bush And Family Enter U.S. Capitol Ceremony
Bush will lie in state at the U.S. Capitol from Dec. 3 to the morning of Dec. 5. This is open to the public.
When someone lies in state in the Capitol Rotunda, the casket is placed in the center of the room on the catafalque, the wooden platform used for President Abraham Lincoln’s funeral in 1865. The casket is draped with an American flag and an honor guard stands vigil around the clock. Visitors to the rotunda are usually permitted to file past the casket after formal and family ceremonies.
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The last president to lie in state was President Gerald Ford in late 2006-early 2007. President Ronald Reagan lay in state in June 2004. However, the last two people to lie in state were not presidents: Sen. Daniel Inouye in 2012 and Sen. John McCain earlier this year.