George H.W. Bush

George H.W. Bush

Following the passing of former President George H.W. Bush, 94, who died Friday evening, both federal and Texas agencies and their employees will be observing a National Day of Mourning, as declared by President Donald Trump and by Gov. Greg Abbott respectively.

The former president will be given a state funeral Wednesday at the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C. His body will be transported to Texas, where he will be buried at the George H.W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum in College Station.

The United States Postal Service announced it will be providing limited service, suspending regular mail delivery and administrative office activities on Wednesday.

The major U.S. markets, including the New York Stock Exchange, NASDAQ and the Dow Jones Industrial Average, will be closed on Wednesday in observance of the National Day of Mourning.

Most federal employees will be excused from work. According to the U.S. Office of Personnel Management, employees will be excused “to allow federal employees to join their fellow citizens in remembering our 41st President of the United States.”

However, employees whose absence would undermine national security, defense or essential public business, will still report to work.

Locally, the San Felipe Del Rio Consolidated Independent School District announced they will be honoring the legacy of former President Bush in each one of the district’s campuses.

“Governor Greg Abbott has proclaimed December 5, 2018, as an official Day of Mourning in Texas in honor of former President George H.W. Bush,” the school district announced.“Under this proclamation, the people of Texas are encouraged to gather, assemble, and pay their respects to the memory of George Herbert Walker Bush.”

As part of this effort, the district said, a solemn tribute to the late president will be held this Wednesday morning.

“Each campus will simultaneously assemble at 8:15 a.m. to observe, remember and honor his life and legacy with our utmost reverence. Our heartfelt condolences go out to the family of President Bush on his passing,” the school district announced.

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