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Maryland state offices to close Wednesday to honor Bush

The flag-draped casket of former President George H.W. Bush is carried by a joint services military honor guard to the hearse, Monday, Dec. 3, 2018, at Andrews Air Force Base, Md. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, Pool)

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland’s governor has declared that state government agencies and offices will close in honor of former President George H.W. Bush.

Gov. Larry Hogan announced Monday that state offices will be closed on Wednesday, coinciding with a national day of mourning for Bush, who died Friday at 94.

Hogan says state offices will be closed out of respect for Bush’s “lifetime of service and unwavering dedication to our country.”

Bush will lie in state in the U.S. Capitol rotunda for a ceremony and public visitation from Monday through Wednesday. An invitation-only funeral service will follow at Washington National Cathedral before his casket returns to Houston for burial. Hogan plans to attend the service.

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