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Justice declares Wednesday state holiday to honor Bush 41; all state offices, schools to close

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Gov. Jim Justice has announced Wednesday will be a state holiday in remembrance of the life of former President George H.W. Bush.

The news came on Justice’s Twitter account:

“I am declaring tomorrow, December 5, 2018, a State Holiday and day of remembrance for President George H. W. Bush, a true American military hero. All State offices will be closed. More info to come shortly.”

MORE Read Justice’s proclamation here

The state Department of Education announced the governor’s proclamation means all public schools will be closed Wednesday.

“For your information, consistent with the Presidential Proclamation issued from President Trump and the Executive Order issued from Governor Justice, all county school systems will be closed tomorrow (December 5) in observance of the day of mourning in honor of President George H.W. Bush.”

The state’s judicial system will also be closed including the state Supreme Court and county judicial offices. It’s officially being called a Judicial Holiday.

Justice had a news conference at the capitol Tuesday afternoon but made no mention of the holiday.

Bush, 94, the nation’s 41st president, died last Friday. He’ll be remembered in services at the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C. Wednesday. His funeral is scheduled for Friday in College Station, Texas.

President Donald Trump issued a proclamation back on Sunday declaring Wednesday as a day of mourning. Most all federal workers will have the day off and the U.S. Postal Service has said no mail will be delivered.

Marshall University decided not to cancel classes Wednesday but West Virginia University decided to close.

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