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National Day of Mourning

| Friday, June 11, 2004

Much of the nation's business will come to a halt today as former President Ronald Reagan is laid to rest.

President Bush has declared this a National Day of Mourning and closed most federal offices for the day.

That means post offices will be closed and mail will not be delivered. The only exception is Express Mail, which is delivered 365 days a year.

Some agencies of the federal government will remain open.

National parks will remain open for visitors tomorrow. Federal offices that directly affect national security and public safety also will be operating.

The Federal Reserve banks will be open, meaning commercial banks also will be doing business tomorrow. But financial markets, including the New York Stock Exchange and Nasdaq, will be closed.

State and local government offices, as well as state-run liquor stores, will remain open.

Throughout the country, church bells are expected to toll in tribute to Reagan this afternoon. As his funeral service concludes at 1:15 p.m., churches across the country have been asked to sound their bells 40 times in honor of the 40th president.

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