Why flags will are at half staff: May 22 – 24 and May 25, 2020

Flags in Southborough and across the nation are flying at half staff through sunset on Sunday, May 24, 2020. The lowering was ordered by the President to honor the over 95,000 Americans who died from Covid-19.

As is traditional, flags will also be lowered to half staff from sunrise until noon on Memorial Day, May 25, 2020 in remembrance of service members who sacrificed their lives.

Here is the Presidential Proclamation honoring those who have died from the pandemic:

Our Nation mourns for every life lost to the coronavirus pandemic, and we share in the suffering of all those who endured pain and illness from the outbreak. Through our grief, America stands steadfast and united against the invisible enemy. May God be with the victims of this pandemic and bring aid and comfort to their families and friends. As a mark of solemn respect for the victims of the coronavirus pandemic, by the authority vested in me as President of the United States by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, I hereby order that the flag of the United States shall be flown at half-staff at the White House and upon 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, May 24, 2020. I also direct that the flag shall be flown at half-staff for the same length of time 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-first day of May, in the year of our Lord two thousand twenty, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred forty-fourth.

Updated (5/26/20 8:00 am): I accidentally referred to Sunday as the 23rd.

(photo from Susan Fitzgerald)

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2 years ago

“Flags in Southborough and across the nation are flying at half staff through sunset on Sunday, May 23, 2020…”

Can’t imagine what state you people live in…but in the rest of the 50 states May 23rd is Saturday..not Sunday.

2 years ago
Reply to  bart

It’s a typo, “Bart”. I’m sure you can recognize that.

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