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Biden Orders Flags To Be Flown At Half-Staff

WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 12: The U.S. flag flies at half staff in memorial of the one million American deaths from the coronavirus on the East Front of the U.S. Capitol May 12, 2022 in Washington, DC. According to Johns Hopkins University, the COVID-19 pandemic has killed 998,824 Americans and claimed more than 6.2 million lives around the world as of Thursday. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

To Honor COVID Victims In the wake of reports that the COVID-19 death toll in the United States has reached 1 million, President Joe Biden on Thursday ordered that American flags be flown at half-staff to honor the pandemic’s victims. “Today, we mark a tragic milestone: one million American lives lost to COVID-19,” Biden said in Thursday’s proclamation. “One million empty chairs around the dinner table. Each an irreplaceable loss. Each leaving behind a family, a community, and a nation forever changed because of this pandemic.” In accordance with Biden’s order, American flags will be flown at half-staff from sunrise until sunset on Monday, May 16th.



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