With a state funeral, have taken the United States farewell to their deceased former President George H. W. Bush. At the funeral in the National Cathedral in Washington, heads of state and heads of government from all over the world, among them German Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU).

The ceremony on Wednesday in the Washington National Cathedral seemed like a great Demonstration of national unity – what is become in the United States, in the face of the poisoned climate between the two political Camps rarely. US President, Donald Trump and his wife sat during the service, in line with his Predecessors, Barack Obama, Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter and their wives. In the vicinity is also the eldest son of the deceased, Ex-President George W. Bush and his wife Laura were sitting.

Bush held in the Church to a moving speech about his father. “When the history books are written, is it hot there, that George H. W. Bush was a great President of the United States,” said Bush. “He showed me what it means to be a President who serves with integrity, with courage, with love in his heart for the citizens of our country.”

He also told of the last conversation with his father immediately before his death, on Friday of last week. “I said, daddy, I love you and you’ve been a wonderful father. And the last words he would ever say on earth, were: I love you too.” George W. Bush called his father “a great and generous man, the best father a son or a daughter could have”. At the end of his speech, the voice failed, the former President.

George H. W. Bush, died on Friday at the age of 94 years. His body was transferred to Washington transferred and was laid out for two days in the Capitol, the seat of the Congress. There, tens of thousands of citizens from Bush bade farewell to, was from 1989 to 1993, President.

with the US flag-covered coffin was carried on Wednesday a military ceremony from the Capitol. This salute was fired from cannons and a military band played Hail to the Chief, the official anthem for the US President. Then the coffin was by the Washington city center to the Cathedral.

Thursday is Bush in Texas, buried

Trump said shortly before the ceremony, this was “not a funeral, but a day of Celebration for a great man who led a long and outstanding life.” “He will be missed!” wrote the President on Twitter.

At the funeral service, the Bush family was in the foreground, Trump did not hold any speech. On his arrival in the Cathedral, George W. Bush shook the President’s Hand, their relationship is considered to be hypothermic.

George H. W. Bush as well as his eldest son had not voted in the presidential election of 2016 for the Republican party colleagues Trump. Trump, in turn, had attacked both George W. Bush and brother Jeb Bush, the former Governor of Florida, in the past, hard. At the funeral of former First Lady Barbara Bush, the wife of George H. W. Bush, in April, Trump was not in attendance.

After the service, in Washington, the body should be flown in the night for Thursday (local time) to Houston. There he will be buried on Thursday at the side of his wife, Barbara, and his at the age of only three years of leukemia deceased daughter Robin.

hung to honor Bush’s flags in Berlin at half-mast. The late President had made a decisive contribution to German reunification.