West Virginia gov declares state holiday, day of remembrance

FILE -In this Tuesday June 28, 2016 file photo, Democratic gubernatorial candidate and Greenbrier owner Jim Justice, gestures during an interview at the Greenbrier Resort in White Sulphur Springs, W. Va. Justice, billionaire owner of The Greenbrier resort and Democratic nominee for governor, closed his hotel for business and opened it as a free shelter after the June 23 floods that killed 23 people, including 15 in Greenbrier County. (AP Photo/Steve Helber, File)

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice says he’s giving state employees the day off Wednesday as a day of remembrance for former President George H.W. Bush.
Justice made the announcement Tuesday on Twitter.
The Republican governor calls Bush “a true American military hero.”
The West Virginia Department of Education also announced that public schools statewide will be closed Wednesday in observance of a day of mourning for Bush.
Bush died on Friday at age 94. The former president will lie in state until services Wednesday at Washington National Cathedral. He’ll be buried in his family plot at his presidential library at Texas A&M University on Thursday.