4 days of events honoring former President George H.W. Bush

Brian Blake, a former director of communications at the George H.W. Bush Library and Museum, pauses in front of a statue of the former president at the College Station landmark on Saturday, Dec. 1, 2018. "I need to be here," Blake said, who worked from 1997-2009 at the library. "He and Barbara were the most amazingly gracious people on the planet. I never felt like I was working for them, just always working with them." Bush, who died late Friday at his Houston home at age 94, is to be honored with a funeral service in the nation's capital on Wednesday, followed by burial Thursday at his presidential library in Texas. (Elizabeth Conley/Houston Chronicle via AP)

The United States Postal Service is suspending operations Wednesday in remembrance of former President George H.W. Bush. The shutdown means post offices will close and not deliver mail that day.

The East Oregonian and other papers rely on the Postal Service for delivery to subscribers. That delivery will not occur Wednesday, but the edition will be available on news stands and as an e-edition at eastoregonian.com, and will be mailed on Thursday.

Bush died Friday at the age of 94. President Donald Trump signed an executive order Saturday directing federal departments and agencies to close Wednesday “as a mark of respect for George Herbert Walker Bush, the forty-first President of the United States.”

The Postal Service on Monday announced it would “suspend regular mail deliveries, retail services and administrative office activity” out of respect for Bush’s “vast contributions to our country” and because of the proclamation.

Kerry Schwartz, postmaster in Pendleton said this was a national day of mourning. She referred questions to Postal Service’s communications office, where Rod Spurgeon stated, “Regular mail deliveries, retail services, and administrative activity are suspended on Dec. 5,” and provided the corporation’s statement.

The National Newspaper Association reported the Postal Service confirmed it would not deliver regular mail, but it will deliver Priority Mail Express Mail and operate “limited package delivery consistent with our Peak Season Sunday schedule.” The Postal Service’s call center will remain open but may have fewer staff.

The Umatilla National Forest and Malheur National Forest also announced closing their offices Wednesday, along with the Walla Walla District. of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Trading on the New York Stock Exchange and the Nasdaq will be suspended, as it has been in honor of other past presidents who have died.

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