Ohio Gov. DeWine orders flags lowered to half-staff in honor of 500,000 Americans killed by COVID-19

Posted at 12:06 PM, Feb 23, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-23 12:06:25-05

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine has ordered that the flags of the United States and the State of Ohio be flown at half-staff on all public buildings and grounds throughout the state in remembrance of more than 500,000 Americans who have died due to COVID-19.

All flags are ordered to be lowered until sunset on Feb. 26.

To date, more than 14,000 Ohioans have died due to COVID-19.

President Joe Biden directed that the US flag be flown at half-staff through sundown Friday. From the White House, Biden addressed the nation on Monday.

"As a nation, we can't accept such a cruel fate,” Biden said. “We've been fighting this pandemic for so long. We have to resist becoming numb to the sorrow. We have to resist viewing each life as a statistic or a blur or on the news. We must do so to honor the dead, but equally important care for the living, those they left behind. For the loved ones left behind."

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