Church preps begin in Houston for presidential funeral

HOUSTON, Tex. (KBTX) - Wednesday Houston residents will finally begin their opportunity to say goodbye to President George H.W. Bush.

The president's body will be flown to the Bayou City from Washington DC and a procession will carry him from Ellington Field to St. Martin's Episcopal Church. The 41st President will arrive between 5:45 pm and 6 pm Wednesday evening.

Tuesday, various groups prepared the church for his arrival. Police put up barricades and secret service walked the perimeter.

Military members, lighting crews and several national media outlets were in set up mode to cover the activities over the next few days.

The president will lie in repose at St. Martin's until 6 am Thursday morning. The public is invited to come and pay their respects during that time.

Residents who live near the church say they can feel the presidential connection in the area.

"I recall jogging with him on the memorial trails some 20 to 25 years ago," said Richard Donelson. "So, that was a fun experience watching the black Suburbans [SUVs] leap frogging you know, the secret service detail and all that, so he's a part of the community."

For those interested in visiting the Church Wednesday, be aware there are a number of security measures in place.

There is a shuttle system picking visitors up from the Second Baptist Church and dropping them back off because vehicles are not allowed to drive up to the church.

Admission to the funeral service Thursday is by invitation only.