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Gov. Evers order flags to half-staff to honor those lost to COVID-19

Flag flown at half-staff

MADISON (WKOW) -- Gov. Tony Evers signed Executive Order #109 ordering the U.S. and Wisconsin state flag to be flown at half-staff to honor the more than 500,000 Americans lost to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The order is effective immediately and will end at sunset on Fri., Feb. 26, 2021. This order is in conjunction with President Joe Biden's order to lower flags nationwide.

More than 500,000 Americans have died due to COIVD-19 and over 6,300 were from Wisconsin.

“As we continue to endure the hardships of the COVID-19 pandemic, I ask the people of Wisconsin to join me in honoring and remembering the many spouses, parents and grandparents, kids and grandkids, best friends, and neighbors who were taken by this virus too soon and are loved, cherished, and missed by many,” said Evers.

He continued, “With heavy hearts, we join our fellow Wisconsinites and Americans who are mourning the loss of someone they love and who, amid unimaginable challenges, have had to endure unfathomable grief this past year. We must reaffirm our resolve to prevent further spread of COVID-19, save lives, and to defeat this pandemic together.”