MORONGO BASIN — Several government offices will be closed Wednesday for the National Day of Mourning in honor of President George H.W. Bush.
UPDATE: San Bernardino County government offices and Copper Mountain College will be open.
Most federal buildings will be closed, including Social Security and post offices. Mail delivery will be postponed until Thursday.
Joshua Tree National Park will be on a holiday schedule, with non-essential personnel taking the day off, but the park itself and the visitor centers will be open.
Hi-Desert Water District and the Twentynine Palms Water District will be closed.
Joshua Basin Water District and Bighorn-Desert View Water Agency will be open.
Town of Yucca Valley government offices will be open, while the city of Twentynine Palms officials had not decided whether to close as of noon Tuesday.
Aboard the Twentynine Palms Marine base, the Robert E. Bush Naval Hospital will have minimal staffing Wednesday, as it would for a federal holiday. The emergency room will be open all day, but other clinics will have minimal staffing, according to spokesman David Marks.
Some appointments may be rescheduled, depending on the department.
The Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society will be closed.
George H.W. Bush died Nov. 30 at the age of 94.
His body will lie in state in the U.S. Capital rotunda until Wednesday morning. A funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Eastern time Wednesday at the National Cathedral.
A second funeral service will be held Thursday at St. Martin’s Episcopal Church in Houston before he is buried next to his wife, Barbara, and daughter Robin at his presidential library in College Station.
Bush was the 41st president, serving from 1989 to 1993.
Born in Massachusetts on June 12, 1924, he enlisted at age 18 and was the youngest pilot in the Navy when he received his wings. He flew 58 combat missions during World War II and received the Distinguished Flying Cross for bravery in action.
After graduating from Yale University, he worked in the oil industry and was appointed to several public positions, including ambassador to the United Nations and director of the Central Intelligence Agency.
He was President Ronald Reagan’s vice president before winning the Republican nomination for president in 1988.
He and wife Barbara Bush had six children. Mrs. Bush died on April 17, 2018, in Houston.