Bush’s state funeral follows generations of tradition
Former President George H.W. Bush’s state funeral encompasses four days of events, from his arrival in Washington to his burial in Texas on Thursday.
The guidelines for state funerals date back to the mid-1800s and have been shaped over time. Seating arrangements, for example, are detailed with precision, with the presidential party followed by chiefs of state, arranged alphabetically by the English spelling of their countries.
Ronald Reagan‘s state funeral in 2004 was the first of its kind since Lyndon Johnson died in 1973.