UPDATED: Wednesday December 5 is a National Day of Mourning For President George Herbert Walker Bush

WASHINGTON DC  – President Donald J. Trump has declared Wednesday, Dec. 5 as a federal holiday.

This means all federal buildings will be closed, including post offices.

The City of Framingham offices should remain open, unless Mayor Yvonne Spicer decides to close them.

SOURCE asked the City in multiple emails if they planned to close or do anything different on Wednesday. The City finally posted on its website on Tuesday afternoon they would hold moments of silence, but would be open on Wednesday.

Framingham Superintendent of Schools said there will be school on Friday. He said there was nothing in the union contracts to require him to close for the federal holiday. There is an early release for Framingham schools on Thursday.

President Trump declared the holiday, to honor former President George Herbert Walker Bush. It will be a national day of mourning.

Bush, the 41st President of the United States, died on November 30. He was 94.

A war hero, he is also the former ambassador to the United Nations, and the former Director of the CIA. He was born in Massachusetts and attended Phillips Academy in Andover. On the day he turned 18, he volunteered for combat duty during World War II. At the time he was the youngest aviator in naval history.

Flags have been ordered to fly at half-staff on all federal, state, and city owned buildings for 30 days.

Holidays were also declared when former Presidents Gerald Ford and Ronald Reagan  died.

Congressional leaders said President 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. Another funeral will be held in Texas on Thursday.

Editor’s note: Photo is of President George Bush. It is his official photo from the white house in 1989. Courtesy of the government.

Here is the executive order:

It is my sorrowful duty to announce officially the death of George Herbert Walker Bush, the forty-first President of the United States, on November 30, 2018.

President Bush led a great American life, one that combined and personified two of our Nation’s greatest virtues: an entrepreneurial spirit and a commitment to public service. Our country will greatly miss his inspiring example.

On the day he turned 18, 6 months after the attack on Pearl Harbor, George H.W. Bush volunteered for combat duty in the Second World War. The youngest aviator in United States naval history at the time, he flew 58 combat missions, including one in which, after taking enemy fire, he parachuted from his burning plane into the Pacific Ocean. After the war, he returned home and started a business. In his words, “the big thing” he learned from this endeavor was “the satisfaction of creating jobs.”

The same unselfish spirit that motivated his business pursuits later inspired him to resume the public service he began as a young man. First, as a member of Congress, then as Ambassador to the United Nations, Chief of the United States Liaison Office in China, Director of Central Intelligence, Vice President, and finally President of the United States, George H.W. Bush guided our Nation through the Cold War, to its peaceful and victorious end, and into the decades of prosperity that have followed. Through sound judgment, practical wisdom, and steady leadership, President Bush made safer the second half of a tumultuous and dangerous century.


Even with all he accomplished in service to our Nation, President Bush remained humble. He never believed that government — even when under his own leadership — could be the source of our Nation’s strength or its greatness. America, he rightly told us, is illuminated by “a thousand points of light,” “ethnic, religious, social, business, labor union, neighborhood, regional and other organizations, all of them varied, voluntary and unique” in which Americans serve Americans to build and maintain the greatest Nation on the face of the Earth. President Bush recognized that these communities of people are the true source of America’s strength and vitality.

It is with great sadness that we mark the passing of one of America’s greatest points of light, the death of President George H.W. Bush.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, DONALD J. TRUMP, President of the United States of America, by the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, in honor and tribute to the memory of President George H.W. Bush, and as an expression of public sorrow, do hereby direct that the flag of the United States be displayed at half-staff at the White House and on all public buildings and grounds, at all military posts and naval stations, and on all naval vessels of the Federal Government in the District of Columbia and throughout the United States and its Territories and possessions for a period of 30 days from the day of his death. I also direct that, for the same length of time, the representatives of the United States in foreign countries shall make similar arrangements for the display of the flag at half staff over their embassies, legations, consular offices, and other facilities abroad, including all military facilities and naval vessels and stations.

I hereby order that suitable honors be rendered by units of the Armed Forces under orders of the Secretary of Defense.

I do further appoint December 5, 2018, as a National Day of Mourning throughout the United States. 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. I invite the people of the world who share our grief to join us in this solemn observance.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this first day of December, in the year of our Lord two thousand eighteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and forty-third.



Framingham Source Editor Susan Petroni

Susan Petroni Framingham Source Editor Email: editor@FraminghamSource.com Phone: 508-315-7176

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