Kansas Governor Jeff Colyer Issues Executive Order Designating Wednesday a National Day of Mourning for President George H. W. Bush

By Toby Nosker
KNCK News Director

Kansas Governor Jeff Colyer issued an Executive Order this week designating Wednesday, December 5th as a legal holiday in observance of the National Day of Mourning for President George H. W. Bush, ordering that State of Kansas offices are to be closed in observance of the holiday.

All executive departments and agencies of the Federal Government will also be closed on Wednesday as a mark of respect for George H.W. Bush, the 41st President of the United States, who died on Friday, November 30th at his home in Houston at the age of 94. His death came less than eight months after that of his wife of 73 years, Barbara Bush.

State of Kansas offices were closed to mourn the deaths of other Presidents; including Presidents John F. Kennedy, Dwight D. Eisenhower, Harry S. Truman, Lyndon B. Johnson, Ronald Reagan and Gerald Ford.

In his Executive Order, Governor Colyer said former President Bush was "a dedicated statesman who led our country through a time of change following the Cold War. 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 State Navy, as a delegate to the United Nations, envoy to China and Director of the Central Intelligence Agency prior to being elected President."