WELLBORN, Tex. (KBTX) - Thousands of Texans paid their respects to the family of President George H.W. Bush Thursday.
As the train headed north to College Station, the funeral procession slowed as it passed through Wellborn. Hours before the train arrived, preparations were being made to honor a man who loved Aggieland.
"We always say 'Once an Aggie, always and Aggie' and he's kind of been adopted into the family right?," said Tony Watson, who owns Watson Signs and Monuments in Wellborn.
He and his employees decorated their front yard for the once in a lifetime train procession. Their lawn was dotted with American Flags, as well as one hanging from a crane.
"We're all Americans today. This last last week, we've all been Americans regardless of political aspect," Watson added.
Thousands gathered along the railroad tracks to see President George Bush's funeral train.
"I served under him and I'm proud to have served under him and he was a great man," said Rudy Schubert, a retired Air Force pilot that lives in Wellborn.
"I used to fly his wife around quite a bit when I was in the military," he added. “I think it's great. It’s just a great tribute to him and his time and his family."
"I flew Mrs. Bush several times and she was always kind, courteous. She was always friendly to us. She would always come up and check our status, ask about our family. She was a great woman," Schubert recalled.
"Thank you President Bush!," said a group of kids at the event.
Even the youngest took in the moment.
"You could see the casket," said James Watson, a 7-year-old from College Station and son of Tony.
"I thought it was pretty cool because you don't get to see something like that all the time," said Cooper Hindes, a 10-year-old from College Station.
"We've got a great seat to be able to celebrate the life of just a great man. Whether you, no mater what side of the political spectrum you're on. What a great man," said Tony Watson.
Many of the Bush Family members also waved back to the crowd when they passed through Wellborn.