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George H.W. Bush laid to rest in private ceremony at presidential library

Train painted like Air Force One for George H.W. Bush's funeral
Funeral train carries President George H.W. Bush's casket to Bush presidential library in college station. Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

Before George H.W. Bush was laid to rest next to his wife Barbara and daughter Robin at the George H.W. Bush Presidential Library in College Station, Texas, a procession took place from Houston to Texas A&M University's library grounds via presidential funeral train, the first such procession since Dwight Eisenhower, the Associated Press reports.

Details: In 2005, the locomotive was unveiled for a special exhibit at the library, and was intended to be used to pull the late president’s funeral train. "The locomotive was painted to resemble Air Force One, but George H.W. Bush joked that if it had been around during his presidency, he may have preferred to ride the rails rather than take to the skies," the AP writes.

The world George H.W. Bush left behind

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Almost 26 years after he left office a one-term president, George H.W. Bush was remembered today as a great man — with the chancellor of reunified Germany and the president of free Poland in the pews.

Why it matters: The world that was in many ways born during the Bush administration — as the Soviet Union crumbled, democracy spread and America’s preeminence solidified — is under severe threat.