The nation paid their final respects to former President George Herbert Walker Bush on Wednesday, the father of a political dynasty.
A local veteran at the Corning American Legion recalled memories of the former commander-in-chief.
“President Bush was a great president,” Douglas Kapral, a Vietnam War Veteran, said.
Kapral spent the early hours of his day watching the solemn ceremony.
“The funerals are so emotional, just reminds me of all of us that were in the military,” Kapral said.
As Kapral sat and watched the funeral’s honorable events progress, he said it was the military precession that captivated him.
“As a veteran it just amazes me, the funeral, and how the military presents themselves with the precise precession,” Kapral said. “It just fascinates me to see that.”
Bush died Friday at age 94. His funeral honored his bravery, compassion and loyalty to the country.
Following Wednesday’s service, the former president’s body will be flown to Texas, where he will be laid to rest at the Bush Presidential Library and Museum in College Station on Thursday.