Walz orders official Minnesota flags lowered on Aug. 19 to honor those who died from COVID-19

Lowering The Flag
(Associated Press)

ST. PAUL, Minn. (WKBT) — Gov. Tim Walz has ordered that flags at state and federal buildings in Minnesota be flown at half-staff from sunrise to sunset on Monday, August 19, to honor those who died from COVID-19.
“As our state starts to return to normal, we cannot forget about the 7,627 Minnesotans who died from COVID-19,” Walz said Friday. “We lower our flags to remember, honor and mourn those we have lost.”
Walz encouraged individuals, businesses and organizations to join in lowering their flags.
Walz also cited the need to acknowledge front-line essential workers for protecting people.
“Through partnerships, determination and the hard work of many, Minnesota has vaccinated over 70 percent of adults,” Walz said. “Minnesotans got through this pandemic the way we get through all hardships in life — together.”
Lt. Gov. Peggy Flanagan echoed Walz’s sentiments, saying, “Every person lost was somebody’s somebody.”
Vaccination is another way to honor and support neighbors and community members, Flanagan said.
“Our state is on the offense in this next stage of the pandemic,” she said. “In the months ahead, it is our job to continue reaching out to communities across the state so that all Minnesotans choose to get their shot. Our work continues, Minnesota.”