Trump orders flags to half-staff to honor COVID-19 victims

WASHINGTON (Talk1370.com) -- President Donald Trump called for flags across the country and at U.S. outposts around the world to be lowered to half-staff beginning Friday, in honor of those who have died as a result of COVID-19.

"I will be lowering the flags on all Federal Buildings and National Monuments to half-staff over the next three days in memory of the Americans we have lost to the CoronaVirus," Trump said via Twitter.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has similarly ordered flags across the state lowered to half-staff.

The proclamation calls for flags to fly at half-staff from Friday through sunset Sunday. Flags will then fly at half-staff again from sunrise until noon on Monday, in honor of those who have died while serving in the U.S. military.

"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," Trump wrote in a proclamation ordering the observance. "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."

Congressional Democrats sent a letter to President Trump Thursday asking for flags to be flown at half staff when the country reaches 100,000 deaths from the disease.

As of Friday morning, 94,729 Americans have died due to COVID-19.