Flags to fly at half-staff in memory of those lost to coronavirus

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WASHINGTON (WMTV) -- The nation will pay tribute to the tens of thousands of Americans who died as a result of complications related to COVID-19 in the days leading up to Memorial Day.

On Friday, President Donald Trump tweeted he planned to lower to half-staff the flags on all federal buildings and at nation’s monuments for the next three days to honor those “lost to the coronavirus.”

In an official statement posted on the White House website, President Trump added, "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."

"May God be with the victims of this pandemic and bring aid and comfort to their families and friends," he continued.

Flags will again fly at half-staff on Monday, he added, as the country remembers all of the brave men and women “who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our nation.”

Gov. Evers half-staff order

Later on Friday, Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers also ordered flags to fly at half-staff on Monday to honor the Wisconsinites who died in the line of duty as well as their families and loved ones.

“We owe so much to the brave individuals who have given their lives in service of our country and our freedoms. Let us continue to honor their mark on history and our nation's future," he said.

Additionally, Evers encouraged the state's residents to use the holiday weekend to catch up with their family and friends virtually and continue following the Department of Health Services recommendations for social distancing and other coronavirus-related precautions.