Governor Paul LePage has ordered all executive branch State of Maine offices closed on Wednesday, for the National Day of Mourning.

President George H.W. Bush passed away at his Houston, Texas home on Friday, November 30th, at the age of 94. Governor LePage referred to him as 'Maine's President,' since the Bush family spent summers at their home on Walker's Point, in Kennebunkport, and reflected on the national and world leaders who visited Maine to meet with the President.

"Our people recall these memories with sadness but joy," LePage said in a media release, "knowing that he and his wonderful wife are at peace together, having lived long and fruitful lives of service."

Wednesday's closure will affect non-essential executive branch employees, who will receive more information from their agency heads. Public schools are not covered by the closure, but the governor encourages teachers to use the National Day of Mourning as an opportunity to educate their students about the life and legacy of President Bush. He added that schools should exercise their best judgement as to age-appropriateness regarding watching the State Funeral.