The U.S. Government is closed today, Dec. 5, a National Day of Mourning — essentially a federal holiday to honor former President George H.W. Bush who died last Friday.
While it's the busiest time of the year for mailing holiday cards and packages, folks will need to hold off mailing until Thursday as the U.S. Postal Service will also be closed. Financial markets will come to a halt as well; U.S. stock markets will suspend its business.
Another observance takes place this Friday, Dec. 7 when the U.S. commemorates the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor during World War II in 1941. This is only a Remembrance Day and not a federal holiday. Therefore, all U.S. government offices, postal system, schools, businesses and other organizations remain open. The U.S. flag is flown at half-mast to honor the service men and women who died or were injured.
Like many others, we will take time to remember both occasions this week.