Flags lowered to half-staff to honor COVID-19 victims

U.S. and Texas flags will fly at half-staff through the weekend in honor of COVID-19 victims. (File)
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(KWTX) U.S. and Texas flags will fly at half-staff through the weekend in honor of COVID-19 victims.

President Donald Trump issued a proclamation ordering U.S. flags lowered from Thursday through Sunday and Gov. Greg Abbott directed that Texas flags should fly at half-staff during the same period.

“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,” Mr. Trump said in a proclamation Thursday.

“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.”

The virus has claimed almost 95,000 lives in the U.S., almost 1,500 lives in Texas and 14 lives in Central Texas.