President Donald Trump declared Wednesday, Dec. 5 as a National Day of Mourning for former President George H.W. Bush. Gov. Jim Justice declared Tuesday on his Twitter account that Wednesday would be a state holiday in remembrance of Bush’s life. All state offices will be closed. The WVDE announced the proclamation means all public schools are closed Wednesday as well.
Elected officials from Senators Manchin and Capito to Lewis County Commissioners Rod Wyman and Agnes Queen expressed condolences.
“Gayle and I were so heartbroken to hear of the passing of President George H.W. Bush,” Sen. Joe Manchin stated. “The President dedicated his life to our country through his patriotism, his public service and humanitarian efforts. He was a man who put country and citizens before party and politics and will be remembered as one of the greatest presidents in our history.
“It was truly an honor to know him and call him and Barbara friends. While our nation will mourn his loss, and pray for the entire Bush family, I will find joy in the knowledge that he is now in heaven with Barbara, the woman he loved more than anything else in this world. West Virginia will be praying for the entire Bush family and thanking them for the legacy President Bush leaves on this world.”
Capito added her own thoughts on the passing of Bush.
“I am so saddened to hear of President Bush’s passing,” Sen. Shelley Moore Capito stated. “He was an incredible public servant, statesman, and American. He loved this country and spent his entire life working to protect and promote the principles and ideals we value most. I feel very honored to have known him, and I feel even more appreciative of everything he did for our country. My thoughts are with the Bush family, and I pray that they find peace in the incredible legacy of family and country that he leaves behind. What a life well lived.”
LC Commissioners expressed sadness at the passing of Bush. Wyman commented that Bush and his wife, Barbara, had a true love story. Queen agreed, saying it’s very sad. Barbara passed away earlier this year.
The WV Republican Party publicly expressed their condolences through Chairwoman Melody Potter.
“Today, our nation and state mourn the loss of President George H.W. Bush,” Potter said in a prepared statement issued on Dec. 1.
“President Bush lived a life of service to God, his family, and our country. From honored Navy pilot to serving in Congress to President of the United States, President Bush defended and served our country for over seventy years. His character and example inspired countless others to sacrifice, to volunteer, and to serve for the betterment of our nation. We are thankful for his leadership and many years in public service,” she continued.
“On behalf of the West Virginia Republican Party, we extend our condolences to the Bush family, and pray God’s continuing comfort and blessings on them.”
The United States Postal Service is suspending regular mail deliveries, retail services, and administrative office activity Dec. 5. There will be limited package delivery consistent with peak season Sunday schedules. Because of this decision, The Weston Democrat may be delayed, as well.
The Weston Democrat office will be closed Wednesday, Dec. 5, in observance of National Day of Mourning. We will reopen Thursday, Dec. 6, at 8 a.m.