Southern California and other communities across the country are honoring the 1,000,000 American lives lost due to COVID-19.
Residents will see flags at half-staff several days in memory of loved ones outside public buildings, such as LA City Hall.
Here are some facts about this solemn gesture.
Los Angeles Flags on Half Staff: What’s the deal?
Flags were raised outside City Hall in Los Angeles on Thursday, according to a proclamationPresident Biden issued the proclamation. Public health officials announced that the United States’ COVID death total had exceeded 1 million.
This figure corresponds to San Jose, California’s 10th largest city.
“As a Nation, we must not grow numb to such sorrow,”The President has proclamated. “To heal, we must remember. We must remain vigilant against this pandemic and do everything we can to save as many lives as possible. In remembrance, let us draw strength from each other as fellow Americans. For while we have been humbled, we never give up. We can and will do this together as the United States of America.”
When the U.S. reached a COVID death total of 500,000, flags were taken to half-staff in Los Angeles on February 20, 2021.
The U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs says that flags should be flown at only half-staff when the nation is in mourning. Public officials like the President and governors can declare periods of mourning. Policy on the When is the right time to fly the U.S. flag at a half-staff positionDwight Eisenhower, President of the United States, issued it in March 1954.
Flags at half staff where?
Thursday’s White House proclamation called for flags being lowered “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.”
How long can flags remain at half staff?
The White House proclamation requires flags to be flown at 50% staff from sunset May 16 through the use of half-staff.
How many Los Angeles people have died due to COVID-19 in the last year?
There were nine COVID-19-related deaths reported Thursday. This brings the total death toll for Los Angeles County at 32,016.
Dr. Barbara Ferrer has given regular briefings throughout the pandemic. The speech began with a moment’s silence to remember the 1,000,000 people who have died in the U.S. from the virus.
Ferrer stated, “As we mourn the loss of millions of people around the world to this deadly virus, I hope that we can continue to move forward with courage, fortitude and compassion in these uncertain times and use the tools available to help not only ourselves but also those we love and those most at risk from this virus.”
Thursday’s new cases brought the county’s total for the pandemic up to 2,903,779.
According to the World Health Organization, there have been nearly 15 million COVID-19-related deaths worldwide. According to WHO reports, most deaths occurred in Southeast Asia, Europe, and the Americas.