Governor LePage Closes State Offices on National Day of Mourning for President George H.W. Bush

December 3, 2018

For Immediate Release: Monday, December 3, 2018
Contact: Julie Rabinowitz, Press Secretary, 207-287-2531

AUGUSTA -- Governor Paul R. LePage has directed that all executive branch State of Maine offices will be closed on Wednesday, December 5, 2018, the National Day of Mourning for President George H.W. Bush, who passed away Friday, November 30 at the age of 94.

"President Bush is Maine's president," stated Governor LePage. "The Bush family's active participation in the Kennebunkport community has touched many lives. During his presidency, national and world leaders came to Walker's Point to address issues of national and international importance in the peaceful and beautiful setting of the Maine coast in the summer. Our people recall these memories with sadness but joy knowing that he and his wonderful wife are at peace together, having lived long and fruitful lives of service."

This closure will affect non-essential executive branch state employees. Executive branch employees will receive additional information from their agency heads prior to the National Day of Mourning.

Public schools are not covered by this directive. Governor LePage stated, "I encourage our schools to use the National Day of Mourning as an important opportunity to learn about the life and legacy of President Bush, including such potential topics as the American Presidency, World War II and the Cold War. Schools should exercise their judgement as to age-appropriateness regarding watching the State Funeral."