NAVASOTA, Texas — Hundreds of people filled the streets of Navasota, Texas, Thursday to say their final farewell to George H.W. Bush.

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Bush was taken by train to College Station from Spring. It was a time to say goodbye.

"It's very emotional," said Marion Silter.

"It's a very emotional thought," said James Rester.

People lined up hours before the train came through to get the best spot to watch.


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"We figured this was a once in a lifetime opportunity," said Pam Orr, who came from Oklahoma. "The last time we'll see anything like this."

For those waiting, it's unlike anything they've ever seen before.

"Absolutely I mean he's such a genuine man," said Zina Bosworth, who brought her grandson.

As for those who also served the country, this means so much more.

"It's a very very important day," said Hugh McLennan, who served in the Navy.

"It's a bond of brothers is what it amounts too," said James Rester, a Vietnam veteran.

Both McLennan and Rester share connections to H.W.

"Yes very much so," said McLennan. "He was a Navy aviator, I was a Navy aviator."

"He was a pilot, I was a pilot," said Rester, who also shared a common experience. "We were both shot down and, you know, like I said its a band of brothers."

Both of them and everyone else was waiting for the Train to come around the corner. It was an emotional day for a final goodbye.

"I don't know this is just something that stands out," said Rester.