Federal buildings closed today
Death of 41st U.S. president prompts national day of mourning
In observance of the death of former President George H.W. Bush, a number of federal offices and services in the Santa Clarita Valley are scheduled to be shut down Wednesday.
The Valencia Social Security office and seven Santa Clarita United States Postal Service offices are scheduled to be closed in recognition of the national day of mourning Wednesday, according to officials.
“President Donald J. Trump has declared Dec. 5 as a national day of mourning, calling on Americans to remember the vast contributions of former President George H.W. Bush,” reads a statement on the USPS website. “To honor the life and legacy of President Bush, the Postal Service will observe the national day of mourning.”
Other federal offices that have announced that they too would be observing the national day of mourning include all passport centers, some national parks and a handful
of banks, according to officials at the United States Office of Personnel Management. Additionally, the New York Stock exchange, NASDAQ and Dow Jones Industrial Average are also scheduled to be closed.
However, while federal agencies plan to be closed and most federal employees have been excused from work for the day, schools and other state or local agencies, such as the courthouse and district offices, are scheduled to remain open.
Calling it a way to “honor (the 41st president’s) vast contributions to our country,” Postal Service officials have said that on Wednesday all regular mail delivery and retail service across the country will be suspended and that package delivery will be limited.
“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,” USPS officials said in a statement published on social media.
A national day of mourning has been a tradition reserved in the United States for former commanders in chief, dating back to William McKinley in 1901, and a federal holiday is usually declared for the same day as the former president’s funeral, according to the United States Office of Personnel Management.