COLLEGE STATION, Tex. (KBTX) - The crowd was excited when President George H.W. Bush's train passed by, but once the motorcade carrying his body came into view, a calm fell over the crowd.
Many waited hours just to see this sight. Samantha Wafer did the same thing for Barbara Bush's funeral back in April.
"I honestly wouldn't have thought that it would have happened in my lifetime but knowing that it's happening here while I'm a student at A&M is crazy to think about. I will forever remember this," said Wafer.
She's not the only student who felt the impact of the Bush's legacy in College Station.
Nick Cartwright met the president when he was 7-years-old at a Texas A&M football game. What made it special was the fact that he was in a full body cast.
"It seemed like it was a really long time. I think it was about 15 or 20 minutes. He was just talking me asking me how I like school or whatever you talk to a child about. Looking back I wish I could have thanked him for the ADA law that he passed because for me it had an impact," said Cartwright.
He was in a wheelchair for six months after a tumor was removed from his hip.
Now Cartwright is a student at the Bush school and was invited to attend the arrival ceremony on the railroad tracks.
"This is an opportunity that we have to honor President Bush. and for us at the Bush school personally all the things he's done for us and what w'ell get to do with the education we get at the school he created. So really it's just a way to honor him," said Cartwright.