National day of mourning: What’s open and what’s closed on Wednesday

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"Out of respect for the 41st President of the United States and to honor his vast contributions to our country during his lifetime, and consistent with the Presidential Proclamation, the United States Postal Service will suspend regular mail deliveries, retail services and administration office activity on December 5", USPS stated on its web site.

Under the soaring Capitol dome, office workers and tourists walked silently past a flag-draped casket that bore Bush's body. An invitation-only funeral service, which the Trumps will attend, is set for Wednesday at Washington National Cathedral.

The patriarch of the Bush family served as a fighter pilot during World War II, later being elected to Congress, serving as United Nations ambassador, Central Intelligence Agency director, vice president under Ronald Reagan between 1981 and 1989 and finally being elected president and serving for one term from 1989-1993 during which time he presided over the end of the Cold War and launched the Gulf War to drive invading Iraqi forces under dictator Saddam Hussein out of Kuwait. Despite the fact that Trump's rise to power included lambasting past presidents, including both Bushes, the President has responded to Bush's death with repeated laudatory comments.

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Bush's service dog, a young Labrador retriever named "Sully", also walked past the casket and sat near it briefly.

Hundreds of members of the public began quietly filing into the Capitol late Monday to pay their final respects.

"When the rule of law needed defending in the Persian Gulf, he kept us on course", said Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell.


Cannon fire roared again outside the Capitol as the sun sank and the younger President Bush stood with his hand over his heart, watching the casket's procession up the steps.

The United States flag is lowered to half mast aboard USS George H.W. Bush on December 1, 2018. When he ran for re-election in 1992, he was pilloried by Democrats and many Republicans for violating his famous 1988 campaign promise: "Read my lips, no new taxes". Bill Clinton had delivered a eulogy for Richard Nixon before that in 1994.

Trump will pay a condolence call to the Bush family on Tuesday at Blair House, according to the sources, a government house across the street from the White House.


"His character speaks most, because of his character, how he handled so many important points in our history".

"Can you imagine what it would look like if our president today did that?"

Early in his political career, Bush served in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1967 to 1971.


The Trumps plan to attend Bush's funeral at the National Cathedral per the 41st president's wishes, despite the previous disagreements between the two families.

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