Flag-waving crowds in Texas watch Bush's funeral train

Flag-waving crowds in Texas watch Bush's funeral train
Students from Salyer Elementary School wave flags as the train carrying the body of former president George H.W. Bush travels past their school on the way to Bush's final internment Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018, in Spring, Texas. (AP Photo/Michael Wyke) (Michael Wyke)

Flag waving-crowds lined the tracks as a special funeral train carried the flag-draped body of former President George H.W. Bush to College Station, Texas, where he'll be buried on the grounds of his presidential library.

As the train passed through the towns a group of elementary students could be seen holding a banner that read "THANK YOU," firefighters saluted atop their truck on an overpass and a woman in a red hat held a sign that said "Rest in Peace George" with hearts.

Here are some scenes along the route as the train went from the Houston suburb of Spring to College Station:

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MAKING A MEMORY FOR HIS DAUGHTER

People pay their respects as the train carrying the casket of former President George H.W. Bush passes Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018, along the route from Spring to College Station, Texas. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, Pool)
People pay their respects as the train carrying the casket of former President George H.W. Bush passes Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018, along the route from Spring to College Station, Texas. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, Pool) (AP)

Andy Gordon took his 6-year-old daughter, Addison, out of school so that she and her 3-year-old sister could watch the train pass.

Students from Salyer Elementary School wave flags and signs as the train carrying the body of former president George H.W. Bush travels past their school on the way to Bush's final internment Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018, in Spring, Texas. (AP Photo/Michael Wyke)
Students from Salyer Elementary School wave flags and signs as the train carrying the body of former president George H.W. Bush travels past their school on the way to Bush's final internment Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018, in Spring, Texas. (AP Photo/Michael Wyke) (AP)

Gordon, who lives in Magnolia, took his daughters to the nearby town of Pinehurst on Thursday to see the train pass through. Addison carried two small American flags in her hand as she waited for the train.

People pay their respects as the train carrying the casket of former President George H.W. Bush passes Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018, along the route from Spring to College Station, Texas. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, Pool)
People pay their respects as the train carrying the casket of former President George H.W. Bush passes Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018, along the route from Spring to College Station, Texas. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, Pool) (AP)

Gordon, 38, said, "Hopefully, my children will remember the significance and the meaning of today."

People pay their respects as the train carrying the casket of former President George H.W. Bush passes through Navasota, Texas, Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018, along the route from Spring to College Station, Texas. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, Pool)
People pay their respects as the train carrying the casket of former President George H.W. Bush passes through Navasota, Texas, Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018, along the route from Spring to College Station, Texas. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, Pool) (AP)

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People pay their respects as the train carrying the casket of former President George H.W. Bush passes through Navasota, Texas, Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018, along the route from Spring to College Station, Texas. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, Pool)
People pay their respects as the train carrying the casket of former President George H.W. Bush passes through Navasota, Texas, Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018, along the route from Spring to College Station, Texas. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, Pool) (AP)

PAYING RESPECTS TO HIS COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF

The flag-draped casket of former President George H.W. Bush passes through Magnolia, Texas, Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018, along the train route from Spring to College Station, Texas. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, Pool)
The flag-draped casket of former President George H.W. Bush passes through Magnolia, Texas, Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018, along the train route from Spring to College Station, Texas. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, Pool) (AP)

A 54-year-old Texan who served in the U.S. Air Force during "Operation Desert Storm" was waiting for the train to pass through Pinehurst so he could pay his respects to his former commander-in-chief.

People pay their respects as the train carrying the casket of former President George H.W. Bush passes Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018, along the route from Spring to College Station, Texas. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, Pool)
People pay their respects as the train carrying the casket of former President George H.W. Bush passes Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018, along the route from Spring to College Station, Texas. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, Pool) (AP)

Kevin Gulley, who lives in nearby Cypress, wore a blue jacket with "U.S. Air Force" embroidered in gold lettering on the back and had a button reading "Looking Great for '88" on his lapel.

Firefighters stand on their truck and salute along with other attendants on an overpass as the train carrying the body of former president George H.W. Bush travels past on the way to Bush's final internment Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018, in Spring, Texas. (AP Photo/Michael Wyke)
Firefighters stand on their truck and salute along with other attendants on an overpass as the train carrying the body of former president George H.W. Bush travels past on the way to Bush's final internment Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018, in Spring, Texas. (AP Photo/Michael Wyke) (AP)

"He was a part of my life when I was there, and I wanted to pay my respects as he's on his way to his final resting place," Gulley said.

People pay their respects as the train carrying the casket of former President George H.W. Bush passes Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018, along the route from Spring to College Station, Texas. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, Pool)
People pay their respects as the train carrying the casket of former President George H.W. Bush passes Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018, along the route from Spring to College Station, Texas. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, Pool) (AP)

Gulley stood waiting next to his son's former football coach, 56-year-old Bill Powers. The two ran into each other here waiting for the train.

People pay their respects as the train carrying the casket of former President George H.W. Bush passes Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018, along the route from Spring to College Station, Texas. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, Pool)
People pay their respects as the train carrying the casket of former President George H.W. Bush passes Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018, along the route from Spring to College Station, Texas. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, Pool) (AP)

Powers says, "It's what he wanted because he wanted everybody to be together."

People pay their respects as the train carrying the casket of former President George H.W. Bush passes Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018, along the route from Spring to College Station, Texas. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, Pool)
People pay their respects as the train carrying the casket of former President George H.W. Bush passes Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018, along the route from Spring to College Station, Texas. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, Pool) (AP)

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Ryder Davis, 3, watches the memorial train for President George H.W. Bush pass through Pinehurst, Texas, atop the shoulders of his father, 27-year-old Matthew Davis, on Thursday, in Pinehurst, Texas. On Thursday, that same 4,300-horsepower machine left a suburban Houston railyard loaded with Bush's casket for his final journey after almost a week of ceremonies in Washington and Texas. (AP Photo/Nomaan Merchant)
Ryder Davis, 3, watches the memorial train for President George H.W. Bush pass through Pinehurst, Texas, atop the shoulders of his father, 27-year-old Matthew Davis, on Thursday, in Pinehurst, Texas. On Thursday, that same 4,300-horsepower machine left a suburban Houston railyard loaded with Bush's casket for his final journey after almost a week of ceremonies in Washington and Texas. (AP Photo/Nomaan Merchant) (AP)

SOUVENIRS FROM THE DAY

Steven Lowry, 7, picks through the rocks underneath the train tracks moments after the memorial train for President George H.W. Bush had passed through Pinehurst, Texas, on Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018. Many people who watched the train pass by took rocks or coins that were flattened by the train as keepsakes. (AP Photo/Nomaan Merchant)
Steven Lowry, 7, picks through the rocks underneath the train tracks moments after the memorial train for President George H.W. Bush had passed through Pinehurst, Texas, on Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018. Many people who watched the train pass by took rocks or coins that were flattened by the train as keepsakes. (AP Photo/Nomaan Merchant) (AP)

Some who lined up along the train route decided to make — or pick up — their own keepsakes to remember the day.

Ana Garza, of Cypress, Texas, displays coins flattened by the memorial train carrying the casket of President George H.W. Bush when it passed through Pinehurst, Texas, Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018. On Thursday, that same 4,300-horsepower machine left a suburban Houston railyard loaded with Bush's casket for his final journey after almost a week of ceremonies in Washington and Texas. (AP Photo/Nomaan Merchant)
Ana Garza, of Cypress, Texas, displays coins flattened by the memorial train carrying the casket of President George H.W. Bush when it passed through Pinehurst, Texas, Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018. On Thursday, that same 4,300-horsepower machine left a suburban Houston railyard loaded with Bush's casket for his final journey after almost a week of ceremonies in Washington and Texas. (AP Photo/Nomaan Merchant) (AP)

Some left coins on the tracks to be flattened as the train passed over and others picked up nearby rocks to take home.

People pay their respects as the train carrying the casket of former President George H.W. Bush passes through Navasota, Texas Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
People pay their respects as the train carrying the casket of former President George H.W. Bush passes through Navasota, Texas Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert) (AP)

Doug Allen, 55, of Cypress, left eight coins on the tracks before the train passed through Pinehurst. The train left his three quarters, three dimes and two pennies flattened and slightly discolored.

People look from a building as they pay their respects as the train carrying the casket of former President George H.W. Bush passes through Navasota, Texas Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
People look from a building as they pay their respects as the train carrying the casket of former President George H.W. Bush passes through Navasota, Texas Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert) (AP)

He says he only thought of the idea a few moments before the train passed and his wife and her friend found the coins in their bags. Laughing, he said, "That's all the change we had."

People pay their respects as the train carrying the casket of former President George H.W. Bush passes through Navasota, Texas Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
People pay their respects as the train carrying the casket of former President George H.W. Bush passes through Navasota, Texas Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert) (AP)

"It's something we'll always keep," Allen said.

Steven Lowry, 7, picks through the rocks underneath the train tracks moments after the memorial train for President George H.W. Bush had passed through Pinehurst, Texas, on Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018. Many people who watched the train pass by took rocks or coins that were flattened by the train as keepsakes. (AP Photo/Nomaan Merchant)
Steven Lowry, 7, picks through the rocks underneath the train tracks moments after the memorial train for President George H.W. Bush had passed through Pinehurst, Texas, on Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018. Many people who watched the train pass by took rocks or coins that were flattened by the train as keepsakes. (AP Photo/Nomaan Merchant) (AP)

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A MOVING EXPERIENCE

Judy Hulsey said it was a "very moving experience" to be able to wave at the family of former President George H.W. Bush as they rode in the special funeral train taking his body to be buried.

Hulsey, of Brenham, was among those who went to Navasota to watch as the train passed through on its way to College Station. American flags were hung on buildings and a large sign read "President George H.W. Bush Thank You For A Lifetime Of Service."

She said it was worth standing out in the cold and rain to be able to honor Bush and his family.

Kerry Dunford, of Rosenberg, said, "I think it's great for the country to do this sort of thing so more people can be a part of showing their respects and giving a tribute to this man who truly deserves it."

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This story has been corrected to show that the community where Dunford lives is Rosenberg, not Rosenburg.