Michigan governor orders flag lowering to honor anniversary of COVID-19 in Michigan

Governor Gretchen Whitmer has ordered Michigan and U.S. flags on all public buildings and grounds and within the State Capitol Complex to be lowered to half-staff Wednesday to commemorate the one-year anniversary of COVID-19 in Michigan and those who lost their lives to the virus.

Governor Whitmer has also asked Michiganders to turn on the lights outside their homes from 8 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday to mourn those who lost their lives to the coronavirus.

“One year ago, our world changed forever as we confronted the greatest challenge of our generation,” Governor Whitmer said. “By lowering the flags to honor the one-year anniversary of the virus’s confirmed presence in Michigan, we remember the nearly 16,000 sons and daughters, moms and dads, and neighbors and friends who passed away from COVID-19 in Michigan. As we honor their legacies, let us also take a moment to grieve together, and know that we are not alone in our mourning.”

As the state commemorates the one-year anniversary, Governor Whitmer asks Michiganders to continue to practice social distancing, proper hygiene, and get vaccinated when eligible in order to protect yourself, your family, and others from the virus.

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