500,000 Americans lost to COVID-19, flags to be flown at half-staff

CHEYENNE, Wyo. —Governor Mark Gordon, pursuant to President Joe Biden’s Proclamation remembering the 500,000 Americans lost to COVID-19, has ordered both the U.S. and State of Wyoming flags be flown at half-staff statewide until sunset February 26.

On Feb. 22, President Joe Biden addressed the nation announcing that the U.S had surpassed 500,000 COVID-19 related deaths, with 500,071 deaths as of Monday, Feb. 22. The U.S has more deaths recorded than any other country.

During his speech, President Biden noted that more people in the U.S have died of COVID-19 than the death toll from World War One, World War Two, and the Vietnam War combined.

“The people we lost were extraordinary, they spanned generations, born in America, emigrated to America, but just like that, so many of them took their final breath alone in America. as a nation we can not accept such a cruel fate, while we have been fighting this pandemic for so long we have to resist becoming numb to the sorrow,” said Biden.

The President also signed a proclamation on Monday remembering the 500,000 Americans lost to COVID-19.

The Presidential Proclamation reads in full, “As of this week during the dark winter of the COVID-19 pandemic, more than 500,000 Americans have now died from the virus. That is more Americans who have died in a single year of this pandemic than in World War I, World War II, and the Vietnam War combined. On this solemn occasion, we reflect on their loss and on their loved ones left behind. We, as a Nation, must remember them so we can begin to heal, to unite, and find purpose as one Nation to defeat this pandemic. In their memory, the First Lady and I will be joined by the Vice President and the Second Gentleman for a moment of silence at the White House this evening. I ask all Americans to join us as we remember the more than 500,000 of our fellow Americans lost to COVID19 and to observe a moment of silence at sunset. I also hereby order, by the authority vested in me by the Constitution and laws of the United States, that the flag of the United States shall be flown at half-staff at the White House and on all public buildings and grounds, at all military posts and naval stations, and on all naval vessels of the Federal Government in the District of Columbia and throughout the United States and its Territories and possessions until sunset February 26, 2021. I also direct that the flag shall be flown at half-staff for the same period at all United States embassies, legations, consular offices, and other facilities abroad, including all military facilities and naval vessels and stations. IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this twenty-second day of February, in the year of our Lord two thousand twenty-one, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and forty-fifth.”

The bells at the National Cathedral in Washington D.C tolled 500 times on Monday, honoring the 500,000 lives lost in the U.S to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The President, First Lady, Vice President, and Second Gentlemen held a small ceremony outside of the White House on Monday night honoring the deceased with a moment of silence just after sundown.

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