Trump orders flags at half-staff for coronavirus victims, military

Elizabeth Howe
May 22, 2020 - 11:41 am
Flags at Half-Staff

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President Donald Trump ordered flags to half-staff starting Friday to honor the nation's more than 94,000 coronavirus victims. On Monday, the president tweeted, they will remain at half-staff to honor "our Military who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our nation."

On Thursday, Trump announced that flags on federal buildings and national monuments would be lowered to half-staff from Friday to Sunday "in memory of the Americans we have lost to the coronavirus." On Memorial Day, flags will remain lowered to recognized fallen service members. 

On Memorial Day, the president is expected to travel to the Fort McHenry national monument and historic shrine in Baltimore. According to the Baltimore Sun, Mayor Bernard Young has asked Trump to reconsider his visit. 

According to the Johns Hopkins coronavirus tracker, more than 94,500 Americans have died from the virus as of Thursday. 

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