COLLEGE STATION, Texas - Thousands of people, including the Aggie community, sent their farewells to 41st President George H.W. Bush. After days of honoring him this week, Bush’s body aboard Locomotive 4141 was taken to the Presidential Library on the Texas A&M University campus in College Station on Thursday.
Spectators waited for hours to welcome Bush to his final resting place in College Station. The rain didn’t stop anyone, especially those who are part of the Aggie community.
"He was an Aggie. He was a Texan. Here at College Station, we are really happy that he chose here," said Madison Prause, a Texas A&M University alum.
People in the town of Navasota, where the train passed through on the way to College Station, also waited for hours to pay their respects. The town has a population of just about 8,000, but many came in from all over the nation for a chance to see Locomotive 4141.
"You get to have the opportunity to say thank you, to wish them the best. I know it's not personal. We don't get to shake a hand, but we do get to be a part of saying thank you Mr. president and to his family," said Brad Stafford, city manager for Navasota.
The Union Pacific Train carrying Bush’s body from Houston to College Station arrived around 3:40 p.m.
The 41st president’s family and friends waved at crowds who held signs and flags to honor him.
There was a lot of preparation made for the special event, with barricades surrounding the train, law enforcement present in many areas and blocked off streets.
Bush will be buried at the family plot next to his wife, former first lady Barbara Bush, who died in April, and their 3-year-old daughter, Robin, who died in 1953 from leukemia.
The burial services in College Station are private.
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