Flag Lowering Ordered for COVID-19 Victims

COLUMBUS, Ohio — In recognition of those that have died for COVID-19, flags have been ordered to be lowered by both President Donald Trump and Ohio Governor Mike DeWine.

In accordance with orders issued by the President of the United States of America and to honor the victims of the COVID-19 pandemic, Governor DeWine has ordered that all U.S. and Ohio flags be flown at half-staff upon all public buildings and grounds throughout the state effective immediately and until sunset on May 24, 2020.

The order from President Trump to lower flags for COVID-19 victims, “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.”

U.S. and Ohio flags had been flown at half-staff upon all public buildings and grounds throughout Ohio in honor of the life and service of Annie Glenn. Flags should stay at half-staff until sunset on the day of her memorial service.