"President Bush is Maine's president," stated Governor LePage.

Tomorrow, Wednesday, December 5th, is the National Day of Mourning for President George H.W. Bush, and our Governor has directed that all executive branches of State of Maine offices be closed for the day.

"The Bush family's active participation in the Kennebunkport community has touched many lives. During his presidency, national and world leaders came to Walker's Point to address issues of national and international importance in the peaceful and beautiful setting of the Maine coast in the summer. Our people recall these memories with sadness but joy knowing that he and his wonderful wife are at peace together, having lived long and fruitful lives of service, Governor Lepage said."

This closure will affect non-essential executive branch state employees.  Agencies like the Maine State Police will remain at work and on the job.

Public schools will not be closed.

Governor LePage stated, "I encourage our schools to use the National Day of Mourning as an important opportunity to learn about the life and legacy of President Bush, including such potential topics as the American Presidency, World War II and the Cold War. Schools should exercise their judgement as to age-appropriateness regarding watching the State Funeral."