Nebraska to close state offices Wednesday in observance of national day of mourning

Nebraska to close state offices Wednesday in observance of national day of mourning
World-Herald News Service

Nebraska will observe a national day of mourning as the country remembers the late George H.W. Bush.

Gov. Pete Ricketts has announced the closing of state buildings Wednesday in accordance with an executive order from President Donald Trump who has declared December 5th a National Day of Mourning to honor the former president. The president suggests Americans assemble on that day in their respective places of worship to pay tribute to the memory of President Bush.

Bush died Friday at the age of 94. His body will lie in state at the United States Capitol Rotunda in Washington, D.C. until Wednesday morning.

“President George H.W. Bush will be remembered as a devoted husband, loving father, committed statesman, and a great man of faith,” Gov. Pete Ricketts said in a written statement released by his office. “From his service in the military to his work promoting volunteerism, Bush 41 dedicated his life to his country. As President, he carried on Reagan’s legacy in taking on communism as the Berlin Wall fell and helped expand trade with our neighbors, Mexico and Canada. Susanne and I send our prayers to the Bush family as they celebrate a life well lived in service to his family and to the people of the United States.”

Nebraska state law gives state workers paid time off when the president gives federal employees paid time off. Exceptions may include law enforcement, security, military, and teammates engaged in other essential functions, according to the governor’s office.

The Judicial Branch has determined Courts, County Court Clerk’s Offices, and Probation Offices will remain open, because of the difficulties rescheduling court hearings.

Flags will be flown at half-staff for 30 days in honor of Bush.

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