What is a National Day of Mourning?


The last time the country observed a national day of mourning was in 2006, when president Gerald Ford died.

Nearly 13 years later, we will do the same thing to honor the life of the 41st and longest-lived president, George H.W. Bush. 

On Wednesday December 5, a National Day of Mourning will take place from coast to coast to pay tribute to the former commander in chief,  World War II vet, husband, father, grandfather and friend to many, even here in western Massachusetts. 

As a result of this national day of mourning all federal offices will be closed, like the U.S. federal courthouse in Springfield.

The U.S. postal service will not deliver regular mail, but limited delivery will continue to avoid setbacks as we enter the busy holiday season. You also won’t see any activity on Wall Street, because the stock exchange and NASDAQ will be closed as well. 

“It’s important, he was an amazing person so I think it does well for him,” said Deb Trumbull.
“If everybody gets out there and everybody knows it’s closed I don’t think it should be inconvenient for anybody.”

The VA in Leeds, however, will remain open on Wednesday.

“In honor and remembrance of former President George H.W. Bush’s valor and heroic service to our country, I have determined that all direct services to Veterans are essential public business and thus, will continue on December 5, 2018,” said Secretary of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Robert Wilkie.

The Supreme Court is also delaying arguments by a day, and the House has canceled all votes for this week, and the Senate will resume votes following the funeral on Wednesday. 

Some banks will be closed as well. 

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