Houston is honoring George H.W. Bush with a City Hall tribute and urging people who attend to dress in colorful socks, a nod to one of the former president's favorite fashion accessories.
His longtime spokesman, Jim McGrath, said Bush, the last president to serve in combat as a pilot during World War II, will wear socks paying tribute to his military service.
CNN caught up with him quickly as he walked through the airport.
King is referring to a 1992 town hall-style presidential debate involving then-President Bush, a young Arkansas governor named Bill Clinton and billionaire businessman Ross Perot. His casket will be transported by motorcade Wednesday morning to the National Cathedral, where a state funeral will be held at 11 a.m. EST.
Former President George W. Bush, his son, will deliver a eulogy at the funeral Wednesday, as will former Canadian Prime Minister Brian Mulroney, former Senator Alan Simpson and presidential historian Jon Meacham. An invitation-only funeral service is set for Wednesday at Washington National Cathedral, to be attended by President Donald Trump and other dignitaries.
Bush's service dog will go on to help other soldiers
Bush has taken his final laps at the Bush Estate following the death of his owner, the 41st president of the United States . President Donald Trump designated Wednesday as a national day of mourning , the White House said.
'George H.W. Bush was a man of the highest character and the best dad a son or daughter could ask for, ' he continued.
Members of the public may pay their respects as the president's body lies in state in the rotunda of the Capitol.
Following the funeral, Bush's casket will be returned to Texas and the 41st president will lie in repose at St. Martin's Episcopal Church, where his wife Barbara Bush's funeral was held in April.
The painting along with a memorial wreath grace the atrium area of the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum in University Park, Texas.