Red bow ties will be the order of the day Friday in honor of Thad Eure's 19,009th and final day as North Carolina's secretary of state.

Gov. Jim Martin has been asked to proclaim Friday "Red Bow Tie Day" in honor of Eure and the trademark tie he has worn to work every day for 52 years.The 89-year-old Eure is the nation's longest-serving secretary of state, having taken office Dec. 21, 1936.

Martin will be among those sporting a red tie at a reception Friday sponsored by Elon College to honor Eure, who has been a member of the college's Board of Trustees since 1946.