DeWine orders flags to be lowered in honor of 500,000 Americans killed by COVID

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Gov. Mike DeWine ordered that U.S. and Ohio flags be flown at half-staff at all public buildings and grounds in the state in honor of the 500,000 Americans killed by COIVD-19.

Flags will stay at half-staff until sunset on Friday.

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The governor’s order was issued Tuesday in accordance with an order issued by President Biden.

Biden addressed the “grim, heartbreaking milestone” Monday with a national moment of silence and eulogy, the Associated Press reported. Five hundred candles outside the White House represented the half a million Americans lost to the pandemic.

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