George H.W. Bush to lie in state through Wednesday

George H.W. Bush to lie in state through Wednesday

George H.W. Bush to lie in state through Wednesday

Postal Service announced on its website that all retail locations will be closed Wednesday and home delivery will be suspended for the day, with the exception of some package deliveries.

The White House said Saturday that President Donald Trump would declare Wednesday a national day of mourning for the country's 41st president.

Although Bush's funeral services are suffused with the flourishes accorded presidents, by his choice they will not include a formal funeral procession through downtown Washington. This website is not intended for users located within the European Economic Area.

Mr. Bush is the first president since President Ford's 2006 death to lie in state, and the nation's capital excels at the pageantry.

As crowds began to gather outside, a ceremony was held inside the rotunda where Capitol Hill's highest-ranking Republican and Democratic lawmakers joined together in paying tribute to the former President.

President Trump tweeted earlier Tuesday that he would meet with the Bush family at Blair House, which serves as the White House's guesthouse. "I don't think there are leaders like that today - the World War II generation, especially".

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Bush introduced Sully in June by releasing a photo of himself sitting with the yellow Labrador and a special guest, former president Bill Clinton.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, the first official to speak in the Rotunda, described George H.W. Bush as a "humble servant" and "a principled leader".

The younger President Bush, his wife, Laura, and others from the family traveled on the flight from Houston.

Some banks and local courts around the country will also be closed. There will be a motorcade that transports Bush to Washington National Cathedral for a state funeral. She told Xinhua that she respected Bush immensely.

Bush was elected US president in 1988 as the successor to Ronald Reagan.

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