Bush observance closes schools, offices

PARKERSBURG — Schools across West Virginia are closed today in observance of a day of mourning in honor of President George H.W. Bush, who died Friday, according to the West Virginia Department of Education.

President Donald J. Trump designated Dec. 5 as a federal holiday to honor and commemorate the life of the 41st president of the United States.

An executive order issued by Gov. Jim Justice on Tuesday said Wednesday would be a state holiday in observance of the National Day of Mourning.

“President George H.W. Bush was truly a great American military hero,” Justice said. “I concur with President Trump and his decision to declare December 5th as a National Day of Mourning and I am issuing an executive order to close all state agencies tomorrow in observance of his declaration.”

Ohio Valley University and West Virginia University at Parkersburg said they will remain open today.

City buildings will be closed in Williamstown and Vienna. City offices in Parkersburg will remain open today.

Belpre Mayor Mike Lorentz said the Belpre city schools and city buildings will remain open today.