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President Bush's funeral another milestone in the passing of the 'Greatest Generation'

Noah Bierman, Los Angeles Times on

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The program for the National Cathedral service was to feature military bands and singers and includes selections from American composers Aaron Copland and John Williams, among others.

Bush, whose close friends and family sometimes called him "41" to mark his order in the presidential procession, helped plan details of the funeral, which like other presidential funerals was carefully choreographed years in advance of his death.

"41 didn't like the idea at all of this whole week," said Chris Begala, a member of Bush's media team. "You'd be surprised how many times he would say, 'Do you really think people will come?' "

Begala said Bush had joked that he wished to set a record for the shortest presidential funeral ever.

"That is not going to be granted," he said.

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