Evers orders flags to half-staff to honor those lost to COVID-19

MADISON, Wis. (WKBT) — Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers on Tuesday ordered that the flags of the U.S. and state of Wisconsin will be flown at half-staff through Friday to honor those who have died due to COVID-19.

More than 500,000 Americans, including more than 6,300 Wisconsinites, have died of the novel coronavirus.

“As we continue to endure the hardships of the COVID-19 pandemic, I ask the people of Wisconsin to join me in honoring and remembering the many spouses, parents and grandparents, kids and grandkids, best friends, and neighbors who were taken by this virus too soon and are loved, cherished, and missed by many,” said Evers. “With heavy hearts, we join our fellow Wisconsinites and Americans who are mourning the loss of someone they love and who, amid unimaginable challenges, have had to endure unfathomable grief this past year. We must reaffirm our resolve to prevent further spread of COVID-19, save lives, and to defeat this pandemic together.”

The order was given out in conjunction with a nationwide order to fly flags at half-staff issued this week by President Joe Biden.