Postal Service announced on its website that all retail locations will be closed Wednesday and home delivery will be suspended for the day, with the exception of some package deliveries.
"I'm just here to pay my respects", said Jane Hernandez, a retired physician.
President Donald Trump went in person on Tuesday (Dec 4) to pay his respects to the grieving Bush family in his latest show of peacemaking with the political clan he once fought bitterly. An invitation-only funeral service, which the Trumps will attend, is set for Wednesday at Washington National Cathedral. The late President Bush called Trump a "blowhard". Bush will also be laid to rest next to Robin Bush, the family's 3-year-old daughter Pauline Robinson Bush, who died of leukemia 65 years ago.
Sent off from Texas with a 21-gun salute, Bush's casket was carried to Joint Base Andrews outside the capital city aboard an aircraft that often serves as Air Force One and designated "Special Air Mission 41" in honor of Bush's place on the chronological list of presidents.
The two-year-old lab became Bush's companion last June, two months after the passing of former First Lady Barbara Bush, the President's wife of 73 years.
Paul Kelly and President George HW Bush
"It's important for the country to take this time and reflect on the commonalities that we have rather than the differences", Bush said. "I don't think there are leaders like that today - the World War II generation, especially".
Democratic Representative Nancy Pelosi, the incoming House speaker, and Senate Democratic leader Charles (Chuck) Ellis Schumer placed wreaths at the ceremony.
She recalled Bush as a man of "honor, dignity and graciousness" and a president who worked across the aisle and sought good relations with other nations.
After services in Washington, there will be another funeral in Houston on Thursday, followed by burial at the Bush Presidential Library in College Station, Texas.
Some banks and local courts around the country will also be closed. She told Xinhua that she respected Bush immensely.More news: Brother charged with killing family in Colts Neck fire
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