Fed­eral build­ings closed to­day

Death of 41st U.S. pres­i­dent prompts na­tional day of mourn­ing

The Signal - - Front page - By Caleb Lunetta Sig­nal Staff Writer

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.

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