Mayor's Office Press Release

Mayor Announces Details of 7 p.m. Monday Celebration of the Life of President George H.W. Bush

December 2, 2018 -- Mayor Sylvester Turner today released the following details about the public memorial tribute to President George H.W. Bush at 7 p.m. Monday on Hermann Square in front of City Hall at 901 Bagby St.:

-- Musical entertainment will be provided by the Houston Symphony; gospel music star Yolanda Adams, a friend of Bush who sang at many of his birthday parties; country music star Clay Walker, who performed in 2014 at the 25th anniversary of Bush's presidency; and country music stars Larry Gatlin and the Gatlin Brothers, who befriended Bush in the 1960s.

-- Clergy organized by Interfaith Ministries of Greater Houston will offer shared prayers.

-- At main entrance points to the event, volunteers will collect donations of new pairs of colorful socks to be given later as holiday presents to beneficiaries of the Interfaith Ministries Meals on Wheels program. Bush was famous for wearing colorful socks.

-- Mayor Turner urges attendees to wear their own colorful socks in tribute to the late president.

-- Mistresses of ceremonies for the event will be community leaders and former news anchors Linda Lorelle and Shara Fryer.

-- The event, hosted by Mayor Turner and produced by the Mayor's Office of Special Events, is a celebration of life called "A Tribute to President George H.W. Bush."

-- Further details about additional speakers and/or entertainers will be released as they are confirmed.

-- Media inquiries should be directed to the contacts listed below.

"President George H.W. Bush and former First Lady Barbara Bush were leading lights among our caring Houston neighbors," Mayor Turner said. "I invite all Houstonians to join us at the tribute."

Alan Bernstein   Mary Benton