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Live updates: Late President George H.W. Bush arrives in DC

Casket arrives at United States Capitol

The flag-draped casket of former President George H.W. Bush is carried by a joint services military honor guard to Special Air Mission 41 at Ellington Field during a departure ceremony Monday, Dec. 3, 2018, in Houston. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
The flag-draped casket of former President George H.W. Bush is carried by a joint services military honor guard to Special Air Mission 41 at Ellington Field during a departure ceremony Monday, Dec. 3, 2018, in Houston. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

Former President George H.W. Bush's casket is traveling from Houston, Bush's hometown, to Washington, DC on Monday to lie in state in the United States Capitol. Trump directed the presidential plane -- called Air Force One when the sitting President is aboard -- to pick up Bush's casket and transport it to Washington.

"We'll be spending three days of mourning and three days of celebrating a really great man's life," Trump said. "So, we look forward to doing that, and he certainly deserves it. He really does. He was a very special person."

[Watch live video at the top of this story as Bush makes his final trip to DC]

Bush will lie in state until Wednesday morning when his casket will then be transported to the National Cathedral for the first of two funeral services for the former president. It's the most high-profile event in a week of proceedings that will remember the remarkable life of the president who died on Friday at 94.

Vice President Mike Pence will offer brief remarks Monday at the evening ceremony at the Capitol before the public can visit the president lying in state.

On Thursday, Bush's casket will travel back to Houston, where he will be memorialized at St. Martin's Episcopal Church and eulogized by his grandson, Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush, and former Secretary of State James Baker, a man who has been by Bush's side since the former president's failed 1970 Senate campaign in Texas.

Here are the latest updates on tributes to the 41st president of the United States ( all times local):

3:40 p.m.

A military aircraft carrying the remains of former President George H.W. Bush has arrived at Andrews Air Force Base outside Washington, D.C., as the nation's capital begins to honor the 41st president.

A formation of Navy sailors and Air Force personnel stood at attention as the plane touched down. The sailors assembled were from the USS George H. W. Bush, the Navy's newest aircraft carrier.

2 p.m.

The New York Stock Exchange and Nasdaq said over the weekend that they will close trading Wednesday in observance of a national day of mourning for Bush. The federal government will also be closed.

The NYSE also said it will display the U.S. flag that flies above the New York Stock Exchange at half-staff in honor of the former president.

U.S. traders also observed a moment of silence before markets opened on Monday in honor of Bush.

11:20 a.m.

Bush's service dog has honored his master with his own tribute in front of the late leader's flag-draped casket.

Bush spokesman Jim McGrath posted a picture Sunday of the yellow Labrador retriever named Sully with the caption, "Mission complete. #Remembering41."

Sully will travel with the former president's casket to Washington, D.C.

Bush received Sully in June from America's VetDogs nonprofit organization. The president had a form of Parkinson's disease, and Sully could open doors, pick up items and summon help.

Sully will return to America's VetDogs in New York and then join the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center's Facility Dog Program, former President George W. Bush wrote in an Instagram post.

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11 a.m.

The body of former Bush left a Houston funeral home Monday to be taken to Washington for the final time, reports News 6 Houston partner, KPRC.

The flag-draped casket was carried out of the George H. Lewis & Sons Funeral Home in Tanglewood and loaded into a waiting hearse.

The motorcade then traveled to Ellington Field. Once arriving at Ellington, the late president’s body will be loaded onto Air Force One and flown to Washington.

See more details of the 41st president's funeral and memorial arrangements here.

10:20 a.m.

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.

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

Bush often sported bright socks, sometimes with loud, unusual patterns. He died Friday at his Houston home at age 94, and his body is heading to Washington for a state funeral.

Former President George H. W. Bush sits in a wheelchair during an event in the East Room at the White House, July 15, 2013 in Washington, DC. Bush joined President Obama in hosting the event to honor the 5,000th Daily Point of Light Award winner. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
Former President George H. W. Bush sits in a wheelchair during an event in the East Room at the White House, July 15, 2013 in Washington, DC. Bush joined President Obama in hosting the event to honor the 5,000th Daily Point of Light Award winner. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

Spokesman Jim McGrath tweeted Monday that Bush "will be carried to his final rest" wearing gray socks saluting the Armed Forces and paying "tribute to his lifetime of service," starting as an 18-year-old "naval aviator in war."