Veterans wait and pay their respects to fellow veteran President Bush

NAVASOTA, Tex. (KBTX) - Navasota was among the first cities in the Brazos Valley the '4141' train came through. Thousands of people, including veterans, lined the streets to honor the former President.

"It's an honor for us. He is a member of the VFW and has been and fellow veteran. We just feel we need to show our respects to him and his family, he was a terrific leader," said Carl Dry, the commander of the Navasota VFW.

Dry said he had the opportunity to meet George H.W. Bush once in Houston while delivering a paper shredder.

"Shook his hand, it was a thrill for me," said Dry.

While this quick trip through Navasota may seem small compared to Washington D.C. and Houston, some say it spoke to who he was.

"He was one of the people, he liked the small towns and he liked the common people," said Gerald Fontaine, a member of the Navasota VFW.

Saying goodbye like this to a follow comrade is a once in a lifetime opportunity.

"All the flags and the cheering, it was a thrill," said Fontaine.