Flags were ordered to be lowered to half-staff immediately until Friday, Feb. 26th to honor those who had lost their lives from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Governor Gretchen Whitmer made the order, saying;

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“As we lower the flags to honor and remember the 500,000 American lives, my heart is with the families of loved ones who passed away from this vicious virus,” Whitmer said. “Our nation grieves as we continue the fight to eradicate COVID-19. The quickest way out of the pandemic is through equitable distribution of the safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines. That’s why we are encouraging every Michigander to make a plan to get vaccinated when a vaccine becomes available. We can see the light at the end of the tunnel, and we will get through this pandemic together.”

Residents, businesses, local governments, organizations, and schools are all encouraged to lower their flags to respect those who've thus far lost their lives, according to WILX. 

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