President Joe Biden on Monday will order flags on federal land be lowered to half-staff for the next five days to mark the United States surpassing 500,000 deaths from the coronavirus pandemic.
Biden will also deliver remarks at a candle-lighting ceremony later Monday and hold a moment of silence.
“Tonight’s events, including the president’s remarks, will highlight the magnitude of loss this milestone marks for the American people and so many families across the country,” White House press secretary Jen Psaki said at a briefing.
“He will also speak to the power of the American people to turn the tide on this pandemic by working together, following public health guidelines and getting vaccinated as soon as they are eligible.”
Psaki added that the remarks would not focus on the administration’s pandemic response, but instead are intended to “have a human moment and a moment to remember the people who we’ve lost over the last year.”
Pres. Sec Psaki says Pres. Biden will lower flags at half-staff on federal property for the next five days in honor of the 500,000 COVID-19 related deaths. pic.twitter.com/svRPyH8RGp
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