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Arizona lawmakers in attendance for H.W. Bush’s memorial service in DC

The casket of former President George H.W. Bush sits in a hearse in front of the U.S. Capitol, Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018, in Washington. (Shawn Thew/Pool Photo via AP)

PHOENIX — A handful of Arizona lawmakers were present when the nation bid one final farewell to former President George H.W. Bush, who died last week at the age of 94.

U.S. Sen. Jeff Flake, U.S. Reps. Andy Biggs, Debbie Lesko, Martha McSally and Tom O’Halleran and Gov. Doug Ducey were in attendance at the Washington National Cathedral in Washington, D.C.

The lawmakers shared their condolences and their experiences surrounding the Wednesday event on social media.

President Donald Trump was also present at the ceremony, sitting with former Presidents Barack Obama, Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton and their spouses.

Trump shook hands with Obama and former first lady Michelle Obama, who greeted him by saying “Good morning.” Trump did not shake hands with Bill and Hillary Clinton, who looked straight ahead.

Bill Clinton and Mrs. Obama smiled and chatted as music played. Carter was seated silently next to Hillary Clinton in the cavernous cathedral. Obama cracked up laughing at someone’s quip. Vice President Mike Pence shook Carter’s hand.

A military band played “Hail to the Chief” as Bush’s casket was carried down the steps of the U.S. Capitol, where he had lain in state. Family members looked on as servicemen fired off a cannon salute.

His hearse was then driven in a motorcade to the cathedral ceremony, slowing in front of the White House. Bush’s route was lined with people much of the way, bundled in winter hats and taking photos.

The national funeral service capped three days of remembrance in Washington before Bush’s remains return to Texas on Wednesday for burial Thursday.

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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