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

05 December, 2018, 03:17 | Author: Homer Porter
  • President Donald Trump leaves following a meeting with former President George W. Bush and Laura Bush at the Blair House on Tuesday

Chief Judge Mary Ellen Barbera of the Maryland Court of Appeals announced that all courts in Maryland, including district, circuit and appeals courts, will also be closed December 5.

Sully, former President George H.W. Bush's service dog, pays his respect to the president as he lies in state at the U.S. Capitol.

Cannon roared again outside the Capitol as the sun sank and his eldest son, former President George W. Bush, stood with his hand over his heart, watching the casket's procession up the steps. Even before he arrived at his new home with Bush, Sully had his own Instagram page. She poses with three members of the residence staff in the second photo.

President Trump tweeted earlier Tuesday that he would meet with the Bush family at Blair House, which serves as the White House's guesthouse. The Bushes are staying there.

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.

On Saturday, he reflected on their relationship, telling CNN's Ana Cabrera that his passing was an end of an era, as Bush was the last World War II veteran to serve as president.

President Donald Trump leaves in the presidential limo after the meeting at the Blair House on Tuesday
'Mission complete': Sully the service dog to accompany Bush one last time

He will lie in state in the Capitol for public visitation through Wednesday.

One source with knowledge of the funeral arrangements told The Washington Post that Bush "wouldn't want anyone there to feel uncomfortable, including the incumbent president".

"Here lies a great man", said Rep. Paul Ryan, the House speaker, and "a gentle soul".

The New York Stock Exchange, as well as the NASDAQ, also will close Wednesday after Trump called for Americans to remember the vast contributions of the 41st president, who died Friday at age 94.

The Trumps were warmly greeted by former President George W. Bush and his wife, Laura, before the two couples entered the residence together.

With a chorus of cannons booming a salute, the late president was carried by military honor guard up the steps and into the Rotunda, what one senator dubbed the nation's "hallowed cathedral", for days of carefully choreographed pomp befitting a now-beloved chief executive.

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