HOUSTON (FOX 26) - The remains of former President George H.W. Bush are scheduled to arrive at Ellington Field in southeast Houston at 4:30 p.m. CST on Wednesday, Dec. 5.
SEQUENCE OF EVENTS:
- Family guests will be escorted to their position.
- Once the aircraft lands and is in position, the loading device will be positioned and the ceremonial elements will take their positions. The clergy will be escorted from the aircraft to their positions.
- On cue, the Bush family will exit the aircraft and move to their positions. The commander of troops will bring the ceremonial elements to attention and the body bearers will remove the casket from the loading device.
- The commander of troops will bring the ceremonial elements to present arms, and honors will be rendered (four Ruffles and Flourishes, Hail to the Chief and a 21-gun salute). Following honors, the band will play the hymn, Abide with Me, composed by William H. Monk.
- On the first note of the hymn, the casket will be carried between the ranks of the honor cordon and placed in the hearse. Members of the procession will proceed in the following order: national color, military and civilian clergy, casket and the presidential color.
- After the casket has been placed in the hearse, the band will cease playing, the commander of troops will bring the ceremonial elements to order arms, and those traveling in the motorcade will move to their vehicles.
- The motorcade will depart Ellington Field.
ESCORT FOR NEXT OF KIN: Army Maj. Gen. Michael L. Howard, commanding general, Joint Task Force-National Capital Region, Washington, D.C.
3d U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard), Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall, Virginia
U.S. Marine Corps Ceremonial and Guard Company, Marine Barracks, Washington, D.C.
U.S. Navy Ceremonial Guard, Naval District Washington, Washington, D.C.
U.S. Air Force Honor Guard, Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling, Washington, D.C.
U.S. Coast Guard Ceremonial Honor Guard, Telecommunications Information Systems Center, Alexandria, Virginia
Commander of troops: Army Maj. Eric J. Hanft, 3d U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard), Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall, Virginia
Body bearer officer-in-charge: Army 1st Lt. Steven M. Webster, 3d U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard), Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall, Virginia
Salute battery: Artillery Instructor Battery, Marine Corps Base Quantico, Quantico, Virginia
Battery commander: Marine Capt. Trevor Kuchman, Marine Corps Base Quantico, Quantico, Virginia
Military chaplain: Navy Capt. Judy T. Malana, U.S. Navy Chaplain, Naval District Washington, Washington, D.C.
Family clergy: Rev. Dr. Russell J. Levenson, Jr., St. Martin's Episcopal Church, Houston, Texas
Band: 77th Army Band, Fort Sill, Oklahoma
Under the direction of: Army Chief Warrant Officer 2 Bridgette Brenmark, 77th Army Band, Fort Sill, Oklahoma
Honors: Ruffles and Flourishes (four) and Hail to the Chief
Hymn: Abide With Me composed by William H. Monk
Guests of the Bush family invited to attend include:
- Houston Christian High School
- George Bush High School
- Methodist Hospital
- M. D. Anderson Hospital
- The Consular Corps of Houston
- The players, management and staff of the Houston Rockets, Houston Texans and the Houston Astros along with their family and friends