George H.W. Bush
Honoring former President George H.W. Bush, 1924-2018

U.S. State Funeral

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"On behalf of the Department of Defense, the Joint Task Force National Capital Region wishes to send our deepest condolences to former President Bush’s family in their time of sorrow. Our thoughts and prayers are with you as you deal with this great loss."

Details of the final schedule for President Bush’s state funeral ceremonies are being reviewed by the Bush family with the assistance of representatives from the Joint Task Force National Capitol Region. This process may take up to 24 hours. The final schedule will be announced upon completion of the review. Until the final schedule is released, there will be no further details regarding the schedule. Media and members of the public are encouraged to return to this website frequently for schedule, media credentialing and public participation information updates.


U.S. State Funerals are offered to all current or former Presidents of the United States, President-elect and other officials designated by the President. Organized and headquartered out of the Joint Force Headquarters National Capital Region (JFHQ-NCR); a state funeral is a time-honored tradition and a symbol of respect.

A state funeral is a 7 to 10 day event and consists of three stages. Stage I includes ceremonies within the state in which the president, former president, or president-elect was in residence. Stage II includes ceremonies within Washington, DC, and Stage III includes ceremonies in the state in which the authorized individual has chosen to be interred.

The ceremonies occurring in the national capital region may involve Armed Forces honor guards, elite military bands, and other service academies, National Guard and U.S. Armed Forces Reserve units. The ceremonies occurring outside the National Capital Region may include Washington-based honor guards and local service units to include active duty, National Guard and Reserve for logistical, military band and/or salute guns support.


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