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Pentagon, Post Office, stock markets closed today to mourn George H.W. Bush

President George H. W. Bush (AJ Guel/WikiCommons)
December 05, 2018

Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018 has been declared a federal holiday as the nation continues to mourn the death of former President George Herbert Walker Bush, who served as the 41st President of the United States from 1989 to 1993.

The former President passed away at the age of 94 late Friday night, CBS News reported. His state funeral was Wednesday at the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C.

President Trump attended, along with former Presidents Barack Obama, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter, Fox 8 News reported.

President Trump declared the day a National Day of Mourning and issued an executive order to close the federal government.

A National Day of Mourning is an official day that is usually only specified in the U.S. after the death of a President, ABC 7 reported.

The day is acknowledged by the government as a day for the country to gather together and partake in memorial activities.

Here’s what to expect to be closed:

  • Post offices will be closed, meaning no mail delivery; however, USPS will provide limited package delivery in lieu of the demanding holiday season.
  • All major stock markets will be closed, including the New York Stock Exchange, NASDAQ and the Dow Jones Industrial Average. Also, bond markets will be closed, including Treasury bonds, corporate debt and municipal bonds.
  • The U.S. Office of Personnel Management will be closed “to allow Federal employees to join their fellow citizens in remembering our 41st President of the United States.” This excludes any employees whose absence would jeopardize national security, defense or essential public business.
  • All federal offices will be closed with limited exceptions for national security purposes.
  • All Social Security field offices and hearing offices will be closed with the exception of the agency’s online capabilities.
  • The National Passport Information Center will be closed, including passport agencies and centers. All appointments scheduled for Dec. 5 must be rescheduled.
  • State and local offices and agencies will remain open except in select states, such as Maine and Texas, where Bush has resided.
  • National Parks and administrative offices will be closed.
  • Military facilities, including the Pentagon, will be closed except for essential personnel.
  • Some banks will be closed.
  • Congress – All votes have been canceled or postponed until after Bush’s funeral.

A second funeral will be held Thursday at St. Martin’s Episcopal Church in Houston, Texas, according to Bush will then be buried at his Presidential Library at Texas A&M University alongside his wife, Barbara, and daughter, Robin, who died when she was 3 years old.