President Trump has declared today a national day of mourning, to coincide with the state funeral for former President George H.W. Bush at the National Cathedral in Washington.

Many Americans might not be familiar with what this means, since national days of mourning are rare and usually reserved for the deaths of Presidents.  The last one was in 2007, on the death of Gerald Ford.  A state funeral is actually a 7-to-10-day event that begins with ceremonies in the deceased’s home state, continues through the memorial in Washington (today) and concludes with internment of the body, which in Bush’s case will be back in Texas.

If you had business with most federal institutions today, you will likely have to postpone it, as all non-essential services will be closed.  That includes the Post Office, except for some package deliveries.  The Supreme Court will delay cases for a day, the House will suspend votes for this week, and the Senate will hold no votes until after the funeral.  Government-related institutions will also be closed, including the New York Stock Exchange, NASDAQ and most banks. 


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Trump issued a statement calling on Americans to gather in their places of worship “to pay homage to the memory of President George H.W. Bush,” and he invited “the people of the world who share our grief to join us in this solemn observance.” Among those attending the service in Washington from outside America will be Prince Charles, representing the British Royal Family and the UK. 

There’s more information about the services at this link, along with Trump’s proclamation and a link to another story that makes a sobering observation: that George H.W. Bush was our last President who was a veteran of World War II, or who was a veteran of combat at all.

https://www.westernjournal.com/day-mourning-wednesday/

Bush’s memorial service will be carried live on the cable news and broadcast TV networks and their Internet streams.  This page has a schedule and direct links to a number of sources for viewing:

https://qz.com/1483775/george-h-w-bush-funeral-service-schedule-how-and-when-to-watch/

For some reason (surprise!), that page left out links to Fox News, but of course, the funeral will air live on Fox.  You can also access www.FoxNews.com or the Fox News page at YouTube, which has videos posted of previous ceremonies and tributes:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCXIJgqnII2ZOINSWNOGFThA

This is a fascinating tribute site that contains a wealth of information about Bush’s life and presidency, along with details of the memorial and on state funerals in general.

https://www.georgehwbush.com/

 

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  • JohnnyE

    12/07/2018 08:21 AM

    I never voted for Bush(41) but I respected him. I was a charter member of his library which was built down the street from my office and was invited to the dedication ceremonies (Billy Graham was there). I got to meet George once after one of the many lectures he gave there. You could tell he had a firm grasp of international politics and America's role in it. Everything they were saying about him at the funerals was true. So naturally I followed all the proceedings on tv. Everything in the ceremonies was respectful when it honored a great man, but there was one thing that stuck out like a sore thumb. The only person in the cathedral who didn't recite the Apostle's Creed was one D.J. Trump. Does he really believe in Christ or is his training in the Christian faith so shallow that he doesn't know it? It seemed odd.

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/religion/2018/12/05/all-presidents-bush-funeral-service-together-recited-this-core-prayer-except-trump/

  • Kim Ford

    12/05/2018 10:05 PM

    Thank you for your informative posts, always. I appreciate your voice, observations, leadership and the good man you are. Keep up the great work. I thoroughly enjoyed learning what a National Day of Mourning means. In this day of mourning for President Bush, I have been so inspired by his life lived here on earth. Hope to meet him in heaven one day. Godspeed!

  • Stephen Russell

    12/05/2018 08:39 PM

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  • Beth S. Martin

    12/05/2018 05:42 PM

    Thank you for sharing this, Governor Huckabee. I have a question that I was wondering if you would be able to address. I saw this while watching the funeral today. Why was the US Flag that was drapped over the casket wrinkled? When my dad was laid to rest, his flag was crisp and straight laying over his casket. I've never seen a flag wrinkled like President Bushes before.
    I have thoughts and speculations about things that he was secretly involved with, like One World Government, etc. but don't know if that's why or not.
    I look forward to hearing from you soon.

    Abundant Blessings,
    Beth

  • Janice Lowder

    12/05/2018 03:59 PM

    My husband of 60 years served almost 40 years in the USAF 188th
    ANG and retired as Chief Master
    Sergeant in 1997. He received a
    Meritorious Service Medal. Our
    daughter gave her dad a ticket to
    attend a speech given by President
    Bush 41. The ticket said no
    autographs will be given. Our daughter got in touch with the
    lady in charge and asked if an
    exception could be made for
    President Bush to sign the certificate.
    After explaining the reason, she
    said she would introduce Lee to
    President Bush and was sure he
    would sign it. He not only signed
    the certificate, but took him
    aside in a private room and chatted
    for 15-20 minutes. He was gracious and kind and my husband, and our
    family, will never forget the
    experience. Janice Lowder

  • Janice Lowder

    12/05/2018 03:58 PM

    My husband of 60 years served almost 40 years in the USAF 188th
    ANG and retired as Chief Master
    Sergeant in 1997. He received a
    Meritorious Service Medal. Our
    daughter gave her dad a ticket to
    attend a speech given by President
    Bush 41. The ticket said no
    autographs will be given. Our daughter got in touch with the
    lady in charge and asked if an
    exception could be made for
    President Bush to sign the certificate.
    After explaining the reason, she
    said she would introduce Lee to
    President Bush and was sure he
    would sign it. He not only signed
    the certificate, but took him
    aside in a private room and chatted
    for 15-20 minutes. He was gracious and kind and my husband, and our
    family, will never forget the
    experience. Janice Lowder

  • Linda Orf

    12/05/2018 03:53 PM

    Indeed, some "funerals" seem to last an entire week. Presidents are one example, but when my mother died, that too was a week long event as she was the mother of a Priest. Then when the Priest, my brother died, it was the same. By the end of each of those weeks my mind was filled with joy over the support of friends, but I was glad to put it behind me too. It was almost like I couldn't complete the grieving process until it was over. Every time I saw another friend who was so touched by having known and befriended them, the pain of their deaths grew stronger even though it was a comfort to have friends bring love and sympathies. It could be laughing at retelling of the funny stories one minute and uncontrollable weeping the next. My prayers are extended to the Bush family and all those who mourn his death.

  • Gretchen Smith

    12/05/2018 03:32 PM

    The service was so beautiful. The Bush family is so much more classy than the MCain group. President trump showed his class by inviting the Bush family to a visit. The plane was a generous gesture.

  • Annette Rouse

    12/05/2018 03:12 PM

    This was the most moving funeral ceremony of a President that I have ever seen. It was a real and heartfelt tribute to this wonderful man. I was so thankful that his Christianity was on full display .

  • Leonard Lugo

    12/05/2018 12:24 PM

    Hi there Mike. I never met President HW Bush, sounds like he was a kind man, blessed with a great family, he apparently was religious, don't know if he knew the Lord Jesus Christ as in Born-Again! I'm a chaplain, Evangelist,looking to missions. I ask people do you know Christ, 95% of the time they tell me the church they attend,and or what they're doing. Very few know what being Born-Again means! I pray he did. I find it sad,a person passes,they're in a better place,the thought of Hell,rejecting Christ is a horrifying, sobering thought.be blessed. Leonard Highlands TX

  • Susan Perreira

    12/05/2018 12:23 PM

    Rest in peace, President H.W. Bush. Thank you so much for your service to our nation. God bless you.

  • Stephen Russell

    12/05/2018 10:37 AM

    Hope to see Dems follow HWs example of civility now? &
    Oh yes Illegals took boat from Tijuana to Laguna Beach CA about 20.
    USBP caught them though
    Yes Orange County by Sea from Mexico.