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Why Lifelong Sock Lover George H.W. Bush Will Be Buried in This Pair

POTUS 41 adored colorful socks. He's being buried in a pair that pays tribute to his Naval career.

Last Friday, George H.W. Bush, the 41st president of the United States, died in his home in Houston at the age of 94. Today, a ceremony will be held for him at the the Capitol in Washington D.C., where he will lie in state in the rotunda, before being taken back to his final resting place in Texas on Thursday.

The former president leaves behind a long legacy in international politics. But the decorated war veteran is also fondly remembered for his love of fun, colorful socks. It is therefore both touching and fitting that, according to his spokesman Jim McGrath, he 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."

"I'm a self-proclaimed sock man," Bush once said in an email from the Republican National Committee. "The louder, the brighter, the crazier the pattern – the better."

Proving that he was a man ahead of his time, he even had socks that bore the adorable face of his service dog, Sully.

But outside of fun, Bush also wore socks that made a statement or raised awareness, as he did on World Down Syndrome Day last March.

Or when he broke everyone's hearts by wearing book socks at Barbara Bush's funeral service to pay tribute to his wife of 73 years and her lifelong commitment to family literacy.

And other times, he would use socks to tease his friends, as when he greeted Bill Clinton while wearing socks printed with his face.

For more on beloved politicians who love some next-level ankle décor, check out Justin Trudeau's amazing Star Wars-themed socks!

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Diana Bruk
Diana is a senior editor who writes about sex and relationships, modern dating trends, and health and wellness. Read more