Wednesday is National Day of Mourning for Bush 41

Federal offices, post offices to close

Dave Cohen, WWL First News early edition
December 03, 2018 - 8:36 pm

President Donald Trump is calling on the nation to come together this Wednesday in honor of the passing of former President George H. W. Bush.

"I do further appoint December 5, 2018, as a National Day of Mourning throughout the United States. I call on the American people to assemble on that day in their respective places of worship, there to pay homage to the memory of President George H.W. Bush," the president said in a presidential proclamation.  "I invite the people of the world who share our grief to join us in this solemn observance."

Additionally, President Trump called for the federal government to close for the day and a month of flags at half staff.

"I, DONALD J. TRUMP, President of the United States of America... In honor and tribute to the memory of President George H.W. Bush, and as an expression of public sorrow, do hereby direct that the flag of the United States be displayed at half-staff at the White House and on all public buildings and grounds, at all military posts and naval stations, and on all naval vessels of the Federal Government in the District of Columbia and throughout the United States and its Territories and possessions for a period of 30 days from the day of his death. I also direct that, for the same length of time, the representatives of the United States in foreign countries shall make similar arrangements for the display of the flag at half staff over their embassies, legations, consular offices, and other facilities abroad, including all military facilities and naval vessels and stations."

The United State Postal Service announced it was suspending regular mail delivery.

"To honor the life and legacy of President Bush, the Postal Service will observe the national day of mourning."

  • All Post Office locations will be closed.
  • Regular mail will not be delivered.
  • Package delivery will be limited.
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