VIDEO: UT Tower honors President George HW Bush with bells, light

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AUSTIN (KXAN) — Shortly after 10 a.m., the bells on the University of Texas at Austin tower began to peal. It wasn’t the ringing marking the hour, but the resounding, lingering notes of “Hail to the Chief.”

Students stopped in Austin to hear the bells Wednesday, record their song or just stand in silence. 

Across the country in Washington, D.C., the funeral service for former President George H.W. Bush had begun. 

Later Wednesday, the tower, which lights up with orange each night, will grow dim. As the sun sets, the only thing people will be able to see will be the number “41” high in its windows, in honor of the service and long life of the 41st president.

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