Governor Abbott issued an executive order designating Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018, as an official Day of Mourning to honor former President George H.W. Bush, who died last Friday. The governor also ordered flags to be flown at half-staff at all state buildings for 30 days.
“Under this proclamation, the people of Texas are encouraged to gather, assemble, and pay their respects to the memory of George Herbert Walker Bush through ceremonies in homes, businesses, public buildings, schools, places of worship, or other appropriate places for public expression of grief and remembrance,” Abbott said in a statement.
The order does not include schools and universities but the University of Houston Victoria at Katy has also chosen to close.
“The university is encouraging all faculty, staff, and students to take the opportunity to gather, assemble and pay their respect to the memory of our nation’s 41st president. The university will resume normal operations Thursday,” a UHV statement said.
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At Houston Community College there will be no classes but offices will remain open.
“All HCC offices will remain open for business and the board of trustees meeting scheduled for 4 p.m. will occur as planned with a resolution being read in memory of the 41st President,” said a statement from HCC. “HCC students, faculty and staff are urged to remember the former president in their own personal way.”
Fort Bend County Offices will be closed on Wednesday.