Trump orders flags to fly at half-staff to honor US coronavirus victims

The Trump Administration will order American flags to fly at half-staff on the grounds of federal buildings and national monuments over the next three days to commemorate those who have died from the coronavirus.

The flags will remain at half-staff going into Monday, as per Memorial Day tradition, the president announced Thursday on Twitter.

“I will be lowering the flags on all Federal Buildings and National Monuments to half-staff over the next three days in memory of the Americans we have lost to the CoronaVirus,” Trump tweeted.

The remembrance comes after the US has reported more than 1.57 million coronavirus cases and more than 94,500 related deaths — the most cases and deaths of any country.

In New York, the nation’s outbreak epicenter, Gov. Andrew Cuomo last month directed American flags to be flown at half-staff while the state is under lockdown to pay respect to those who have died.

Trump’s directive comes as states begin to partially reopen while major metropolitan areas continue to battle outbreaks. The president on Thursday continued to urge states to reopen more counties in his bid to restart the economy.

“As one people, we hold in our hearts the precious memory of every person that we have lost,” Trump said during a tour of a Michigan Ford plant. “We have lost too many, one is too many. As one grateful nation, we proclaim God bless our health care workers. They are like warriors.”

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