Army-Navy pep rally in Annapolis moved to honor mourning for Bush
By SELENE SAN FELICE | The Capital | Published: December 4, 2018
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (Tribune News Service) — The annual Beat Army Pep Rally at the Naval Academy has been moved up a day and shifted to a new location because of the national day of mourning for President George H.W. Bush.
Instead of the traditional rally at Hospital Point Wednesday, the event will be held at 6:50 p.m. Tuesday in Tecumseh Court. The bonfire has been canceled.
The 41st president of the United States, a Naval aviator in World War II, died Friday at his home in Texas. President Donald Trump declared Wednesday a national day of mourning, and Gov. Larry Hogan ordered Maryland state offices closed for the day.
Bush came back to Washington for a final time Monday, heading for the Capitol to lie in state as the nation paid tribute to the former president for a lifetime of service that began in the Navy during World War II, ended with four years as president and was characterized throughout by what admirers say was decency, generosity and kindness.
Sent off from his beloved Texas with a 21-gun salute, Bush's casket was carried to Andrews Air Force Base outside the capital city aboard an aircraft that often serves as Air Force One.
Former President George W. Bush, the eldest of the four Bush sons, and his wife, Laura, along with brother Neil Bush and his family, boarded the plane for the cross-country trip to Joint Base Andrews outside Washington.
Bush, who was president from 1989 to 1993, will lie in state in the U.S. Capitol rotunda for a ceremony and public visitation through Wednesday. An invitation-only funeral service is set for Wednesday at Washington National Cathedral. President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump are to attend. Bush's family has not said who will speak at the service. Former President Jimmy Carter also will be there.
Afterward, Bush will be returned to Houston to lie in repose at St. Martin's Episcopal Church before burial Thursday at his family plot on the library grounds. His final resting place will be alongside Barbara Bush, his wife of 73 years who died in April, and Robin Bush, the daughter they lost to leukemia in 1953 at age 3.
Army and Navy will meet Saturday in the football classic. Nine presidents have attended the game in person, although the senior Bush did not.
The rally is part of Spirit Week at the academy, a series of events leading up the game in Philadelphia.