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George H.W. Bush

This week, the Bush family has accompanied the coffin of former President George H.W. Bush over thousands of miles by car and by plane.

But the final leg of the journey in Texas will be made by train – and no ordinary train.

Union Pacific Locomotive 4141 will take Bush's body to College Station, where he will be laid to rest at the George H.W. Bush Presidential Library Center at Texas A&M University.

As the country remembers former President George H.W. Bush, so is the man who photographed decades of Bush’s life.

David Valdez, Bush’s photographer throughout his vice presidency, presidency and beyond, says working alongside Bush and his family was life-changing.

“If that hadn’t happened, if I hadn’t gone to work for George Herbert Walker Bush, I don’t know what I’d be doing in my life,” Valdez tells Here & Now‘s Robin Young.

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Former President George H.W. Bush is being honored with funeral services at the National Cathedral in Washington D.C. The 41st president will be eulogized by his son, former President George W. Bush, as well as a former U.S. senator and a former Canadian prime minister. Dozens of U.S. and world leaders are expected to attend the service.