WASHINGTON (AP)— The United States Postal Service is suspending mail delivery Wednesday as George H.W. Bush embarks on his final tour of Washington.
The capital city is remembering the 41st president’s lifetime of public service that began in the Navy during World War II, ended with one term as president, and was characterized throughout by what admirers say was his innate decency, generosity, and kindness.
The U.S. Postal Service is halting mail delivery Wednesday as part of the federal government’s national day of mourning for Bush.
President Trump ordered the federal government closed Wednesday for a national day of mourning. Flags on public buildings are flying at half-staff for 30 days out of respect for Bush.
USPS posted, “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 administrative office activity on Dec. 5.”
“We will provide limited package delivery service on that day to ensure that our network remains fluid and we do not experience any impacts to our package delivery operations that might negatively affect our customers or business partners during the remainder of our busy holiday season.”
“He was just a high-quality man who truly loved his family,” Trump said Saturday while in Argentina. “One thing that came through loud and clear, he was very proud of his family and very much loved his family. So he was a terrific guy and he’ll be missed.”
Bush’s casket arrived in Washington Monday afternoon aboard the U.S. military airplane that’s more commonly recognized as Air Force One. The crew has been tasked by President Trump with carrying out “Special Air Mission 41.” The number is a reference to Bush’s place in the roster of America’s presidents.