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Mission complete: George HW Bush's service dog in final act of service

Mission complete: George HW Bush's service dog in final act of service

Mayor Sylvester Turner has urged attendees to wear colorful socks, a nod to the former president's fondness for sporting loud socks often emblazoned with unusual patterns during public events.

Mr Bush, who served as the 41st U.S. president between 1989 and 1993, died late on Friday at the age of 94. John McCain was the last public figure to lie in state there. Turner tweeted that those in attendance should 'wear their own colorful socks'.

Historians believe Harry S. Truman's folksy aphorism about friends in Washington and dogs is probably apocryphal - the 33rd United States president didn't actually like dogs - but he would surely have fallen for Sully's charms. Bush's body is scheduled to lie in state at the US Capitol from 5 p.m. on Monday until 10 a.m. on Wednesday.

Bush's passing puts him back in the Washington spotlight after more than two decades living the relatively low-key life of a former president. He died Friday in Houston at age 94.

Presidents Donald Trump, Barack Obama, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter are all expected to attend the service, according to sources familiar with the planning of the funeral.




On Sunday, students, staff and visitors had flocked to Bush's presidential library on the campus of Texas A&M University, with thousands of mourners paying their respects at a weekend candlelight vigil at a nearby pond and others contributing to growing flower memorials at Bush statues at both the library and a park in downtown Houston.

The 41st President will be carried to his final rest wearing socks that pay tribute to his lifetime of service, starting as an 18 year-old naval aviator in war. Wednesday has been designated by President Trump as a national day of mourning, and most federal agencies will be closed with federal workers given the day off.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, the first official to speak in the Rotunda, described George HW Bush as a "humble servant" and "a principled leader".

The custom-painted unit incorporates the colors of the Air Force One used during Bush's years as president, from 1989 to 1992.

George W. Bush posted on Instagram that Sully will be reassigned.

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