Flag at half-staff

Pres. Donald Trump has declared Wednesday, Dec. 5 as a day of mourning in honor of former Pres. George H.W. Bush, who died Friday. He also issued an executive order directing all federal offices to close on Wednesday. As a result of the order, the Taylor Press, which is usually delivered on Wednesday, will instead be delivered on Thursday.

Day of mourning means Taylor Press delivery will be delayed one day

President Donald Trump ordered all executive departments and federal agencies closed Wednesday, Dec. 5 in honor of former Pres. George H. W. Bush, who died Friday at the age of 94.

Trump declared the day a national day of mourning in honor of the 41st president.

Late Tuesday, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott ordered state offices closed in honor of the late president.

“Under this proclamation, the people of Texas are encouraged to gather, assemble, and pay their respects to the memory of George Herbert Walker Bush through ceremonies in homes, businesses, public buildings, schools, places of worship, or other appropriate places for public expression of grief and remembrance,” Abbott said in a statement.

The state order does not include schools and universities.

All state and federal governmental offices, including the United State Postal Service, is included in this order.

The USPS delivers the mid-week edition of the Taylor Press on Wednesday. As a result of the order, the Press will be delivered on Thursday; however, the newspaper's website will be completely updated by mid-morning Wednesday, including the E-Edition of the paper.

In a statement announcing Bush's passing, Trump said he hoped people across the world would spend December 5 remembering Bush.

"I call on the American people to assemble on that day in their respective places of worship, there to pay homage to the memory of President George H.W. Bush," Trump said in the statement. "I invite the people of the world who share our grief to join us in this solemn observance."

Days of mourning are a select honor usually reserved for former presidents.

The White House also issued a presidential proclamation that the American flag will fly half-staff on all public buildings and grounds, military posts, and US embassies around the world for the next 30 days.

The Texas flag will also be flown at half-staff for 30 days.

Congressional leaders announced Saturday that Bush would lie in state in the Capitol Rotunda from Monday, December 3 to Wednesday, December 5.

A state funeral will be held Washington National Cathedral, and the White House said the president and first lady will attend. More details are yet to come from the Bush family.

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