Nation stops to mourn the loss of President George H.W. Bush

(NBC) - Wednesday marks the National Day of mourning to honor former President George H.W. Bush.

The public is invited to a viewing at the U.S. Capitol building in Washington, D.C. where the president will lie in state.

Many of the nation's federal and state offices will be closed in observance including all post offices, NASDAQ and the New York Stock Exchange and all Texas state offices.

Tuesday's visitation services drew visits from several notable Republicans including former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, former White House press secretary Sean Spicer and U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Ben Carson.