Wednesday has been declared a "Day of Mourning" to honor former President George H.W. Bush.
Former U.S. President George H.W. Bush, 94, died Friday, November 30, prompting several officials to honor him with statements and actions. President Trump declared Wednesday a National Day of Mourning in honor of President Bush, and Gov. Colyer declared that day a legal holiday in Kansas, ordering state offices to close.
With some exceptions, state courts will close December 5 to observe a national day of mourning for former President George H.W. Bush, who served as the 41st President of the United States, in concurrence with actions taken by the federal government.
In its order observing the day of mourning, the Kansas Supreme Court gave chief judges of each of the state's 31 judicial districts discretion to conduct court proceedings that day if they are in the best interest of justice.
Persons who are scheduled to be in state court Wednesday should check with the court where the proceeding is scheduled to verify whether it will take place. A list of state courts and their contact information is available at www.kscourts.org/kansas-courts/district-courts/default.asp. To find a court, select the county where the court is located from the dropdown menu below the state map. Check the court's website for announcements before calling.
No hearings are scheduled Wednesday before either the Supreme Court or the Court of Appeals. The Kansas Judicial Center will be closed.
In his executive order, Colyer praised Bush’s accomplishments before and during his presidency.
“Former President George H. W. Bush was a dedicated statesman who led our country through a time of change following the Cold War,” Colyer said. “President Bush’s courage, dedication and leadership were evident throughout his lifetime of public service in many different roles, including serving with distinction in the United States Navy, as a delegate to the United Nations, envoy to China and Director of the Central Intelligence Agency, prior to being elected President.”
U.S. Senator Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) issued the following statement Monday regarding the passing of former President George H.W. Bush:
“President George H.W. Bush was a steadfast defender of freedom and liberty, from his time in the United States Navy to his many years of service in Congress, as vice president, and as our country’s 41st president. Our nation is grateful for his leadership through periods of conflict and uncertainty around the world. President Bush was a family man whose legacy of faith and service will live on.”
A casket carrying the remains of George H.W. Bush arrived at the U.S. Capitol on Monday afternoon at Joint Base Andrews outside Washington aboard an aircraft that often serves as Air Force One. Former President George W. Bush, the eldest of the four Bush sons, and his wife, Laura, along with brother Neil Bush and his family, were aboard the plane for the trip from Houston.
Bush will lie in state in the U.S. Capitol rotunda for a ceremony and public visitation from starting at 7:30 p.m. Monday through 7 a.m. Wednesday.
An invitation-only funeral service will follow at Washington National Cathedral before his casket returns to Houston for burial on Wednesday.