USPS limiting service Wednesday to mourn George HW Bush

USPS® Suspends Regular Mail Delivery for National Day of Mourning on Dec. 5

USPS® Suspends Regular Mail Delivery for National Day of Mourning on Dec. 5

President Donald Trump signed an executive order declaring Wednesday a day of mourning "as a mark of respect for George Herbert Walker Bush", the 41st US president who died Friday at age 94.

On Monday, his son George W. Bush - who became the 43rd President in 2001 - shared a photo on Instagram of Sully lying next to the casket of his late friend.

Trump ordered the federal government closed Wednesday for a national day of mourning. Bush, who reportedly invited Trump to his funeral last summer, would not have wanted "anyone there to feel uncomfortable, including the incumbent president", one person said.

Attending the funeral will be President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump, along with other former leaders and outstanding figures in U.S. public life, including members of the Cabinet and the Supreme Court.

A few minutes before 5 p.m., the casket arrived at the Capitol, where it was received by a committee comprised of the leaders of the House of Representatives and the Senate, both Democrats and Republicans, and headed by Bush's oldest son, former President George W. Bush.

Bush will lie in state in the U.S. Capitol rotunda for a ceremony and public visitation from Monday through Wednesday.

Bush was remembered just feet away from what he called "Democracy's front porch", the west-facing steps of the Capitol where he was sworn in as president.

Bush, who was 94, will eventually be buried in Texas next to his wife of 73 years, Barbara, who died in April.

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Like Bush, the former Republican senator is a war hero and served with distinction in World War II.

But on Monday, Trump wrote members of Congress to hail Bush as a man who "led a life that exemplified what is truly great about America".

After services in Washington, there will be another funeral in Houston on Thursday, followed by burial at the Bush Presidential Library in College Station, Texas. Flags on public buildings are flying at half-staff for 30 days. Service dogs are trained to do that.

It's often said that if you want a friend in Washington, get a dog.

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

Trump also appeared to take a direct swipe at Bush by alluding to a phrase Bush coined during his acceptance speech in 1988 at the Republican National Convention.

House Speaker Paul Ryan alluded to that political setback in his Capitol remarks and said Bush handled defeat with grace. John McCain, which was marked by implicit references to Trump and his behavior as president.

Presidents Donald Trump, Barack Obama, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter are all expected to attend the service, according to sources familiar with the planning of the funeral.

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