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.
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.
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:
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:
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.