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Houston Asks Residents To Honor Bush With Colorful Socks

HOUSTON (CBSDFW.COM/AP) — The city of Houston is honoring George H.W. Bush with a tribute at City Hall where attendees are being asked to wear colorful socks, in a nod to one of the former president's favorite fashion accessories.

Mayor Sylvester Turner is hosting Monday evening's event in front of City Hall featuring music and community leaders. Turner says those in attendance should "wear their own colorful socks."

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Former President George H. W. Bush wears red stripped socks as he sits in a wheelchair during an event in the East Room at the White House, July 15, 2013 in Washington, D.C. (credit: Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

Bush often sported bright socks at public events, sometimes with loud and unusual patterns. The official George H.W. Bush website has also put together a photo gallery featuring 41 pics of the former president in colorful socks.

Bush died Friday at his Houston home at age 94. His body was transported back to Washington, D.C. on Monday morning in preparation for a state funeral later this week.

Family spokesman Jim McGrath tweeted Monday that the elder Bush "will be carried to his final rest" wearing gray socks saluting the Armed Forces. He says the socks pay tribute to Bush's "lifetime of service," which started when he was an 18-year-old Naval aviator during World War II.

(© Copyright 2018 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

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