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US to honor lives lost to COVID-19

At the president’s direction, Gov. David Ige has ordered the U.S. flag and Hawaii state flag to be flown at half-staff until sunset on Friday in recognition of the more than 500,000 people who have died of COVID-19 in the U.S.

“This action is being taken today, as the U.S. marks a half-million COVID-19 deaths since the pandemic began,” Ige said in a news release Monday. “Let us reflect on this loss and the memory of the more than 500,000 fellow Americans — including 431 in Hawaii — who have died of COVID-19. Our thoughts are with their families and loved ones on this day.”

President Joe Biden is also asking Americans to observe a moment of silence at sunset, in honor of those who have died of COVID-19.

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