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