Flags to Half-Staff Marking 500,000 U.S. Covid-19 Deaths

With the United States surpassing the grim milestone of one-half million Americans dying of Covid-19, President Joe Biden ordered flags in the country lowered as a mark of solemn respect.

Accordingly, Governor Ned Lamont directed that U.S. and state flags in Connecticut fly at half-staff beginning immediately and until sunset on Friday, February 26. All other flags — municipal, corporate, or other — should follow suit, as no flag should ever fly higher than the flag of the United States.

“This is an incredibly tragic period in history as this global pandemic has taken the lives of so many mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, friends, and loved ones,” said Governor Lamont. “My heart is with everyone who has lost somebody they love. I urge every resident of Connecticut to take some time and say a prayer for the lives we’ve lost, and for those who are currently battling this disease.”

Lt. Governor Susan Bysiewicz said, “This is an unimaginable milestone we had hoped to never reach — 500,000 American lives lost to the COVID-19 pandemic, including 7,562 residents here in Connecticut.”

“My family, like countless families across the state and across the country, have felt the pain and anguish that comes with the devastating loss of a loved one, friend, neighbor, or co-worker,” said the lieutenant governor. “Let us honor their memories by recommitting ourselves to protecting the health and safety of one another. Please help us save lives by wearing a mask, staying safe while staying at home, and getting vaccinated when eligible.”

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