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George W. Bush During became emotional Monday during a memorial ceremony honoring his late father George H.W. Bush.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said in the tribute: ‘He kept us flying high, and challenged us to fly high higher still.

‘He did it with modesty and kindness that would have been surprising in someone one tenth as tough and accomplished as he was.

‘We stand with you in mourning, but also in gratitude. Gratitude for lives well lived, and duties thoroughly fulfilled. Gratitude that God gave this country, George and Barbara Bush. They may now be reunited in the light of His grace.’ 

George W Bush reacts during a ceremony Monday for his father George H.W. Bush

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence, former President George W. Bush and former first lady Laura Bush watch as the casket of former President George H.W. Bush arrives to lie in state in the U.S. Capitol Rotunda in Washington on December 3, 2018

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence, former President George W. Bush and former first lady Laura Bush watch as the casket of former President George H.W. Bush arrives to lie in state in the U.S. Capitol Rotunda in Washington on December 3, 2018

Neil Bush (L) and his family visit the Capitol Rotunda as former U.S. President George H.W. Bush lies in state on December 3, 2018 in Washington, DC

Neil Bush (L) and his family visit the Capitol Rotunda as former U.S. President George H.W. Bush lies in state on December 3, 2018 in Washington, DC

Stephen G. Leighton Jr. salutes while paying respects with his father Stephen G. Leighton Sr. as former President George H.W. Bush lies in state in the U.S. Capitol Rotunda on December 3, 2018 in Washington, DC

Stephen G. Leighton Jr. salutes while paying respects with his father Stephen G. Leighton Sr. as former President George H.W. Bush lies in state in the U.S. Capitol Rotunda on December 3, 2018 in Washington, DC

Jenna Bush (L) stands with mourners during an arrival service for former U.S. President George H.W. Bush, her grandfather, in the U.S. Capitol Rotunda Former President George H.W. Bush lies in state, Washington DC on Monday

Jenna Bush (L) stands with mourners during an arrival service for former U.S. President George H.W. Bush, her grandfather, in the U.S. Capitol Rotunda Former President George H.W. Bush lies in state, Washington DC on Monday

Laura Bush stood by her husband’s side during the emotional ceremony. Vice President Mike Pence was also standing next to him. 

Several hundred people gathered in downtown Houston for a memorial to former President George H.W. Bush, a beloved figure in his adopted hometown.

The ceremony Monday night took place in front of Houston’s City Hall, bathed in lights of red, white, and blue.

Thousands of Americans were pictured as they held up their phones while Hallelujah played by Clay Walker. 

People hold up their phones during the singing of Hallelujah by Clay Walker during a tribute to President George H.W. Bush at City Hall in Houston, Monday, Dec. 3, 2018 in Houston

People hold up their phones during the singing of Hallelujah by Clay Walker during a tribute to President George H.W. Bush at City Hall in Houston, Monday, Dec. 3, 2018 in Houston

Former President George W. Bush and family members watch as the flag-draped casket of former US President George H.W. Bush arrives at the US Capitol Monday, December 3, 2018 in Washington, DC

Former President George W. Bush and family members watch as the flag-draped casket of former US President George H.W. Bush arrives at the US Capitol Monday, December 3, 2018 in Washington, DC

City organizers encouraged Houston residents to wear their boldest socks in a nod to Bush’s well-known sartorial tradition.

Michael Meaux (moh), who worked in the U.S. State Department for Bush’s son, former President George W. Bush, wore a pair of hot-pink socks that he laughingly said he had owned for a long time but had never worn before.

The Houston resident called Bush ‘the last gentleman president that we’ve had.’ 

On Monday, the 41st president’s remains were taken on the presidential aircraft, known as Air Force One when the sitting president is on board, from Houston, to Washington where his funeral service will be held in the National Cathedral.  

Bush, the 41st U.S. president, died Friday and will be laid to rest this week following four days of ceremonies and memorials

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