US States Flying the American Flag at Half-Staff for COVID-19 Victims

It’s not uncommon for government buildings, as well as residential households and commercial buildings, in the United States to fly the American flag halfway up the flagpole. Known as half-staff or half-mast, it’s typically designed as a symbol of respect and mourning. There are several days throughout the year in which it’s appropriate to fly the American flag at half-staff, some of which includes Memorial Day, Patriot Day and Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day. Several states, however, have recently issued orders recommending the American flag to be flown at half-staff in remembrance of coronavirus (COVID-19) victims.

Connecticut

On April 9, Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont announced plans to instruct all government buildings within the state to fly the American flag at half-staff to honor COVID-19 victims. According to Lamont, the flags will continue to be flown at half-staff until the emergency is over. Connection, of course, has been one of the hardest-hit states by COVID-19. Homeowners and business owners in Connecticut can follow suit by flying the American flag at half-staff as well.

New York

In addition to Connecticut, New York has instructed government buildings to fly the American flag at half-staff due to COVID-19. As of April 10, The Empire State has reported over 150,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19, which has resulted in over 7,000 deaths. To honor the victims of COVID-19, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has ordered all state buildings to fly the American flag at half-staff for an indefinite length of time.

New Jersey

Another state that’s begun flying the American flag at half-staff to honor COVID-19 victims is New Jersey. Recently, New Jersey Governor Philip Murphy declared that all government buildings would fly the American flag at half-staff indefinitely to honor those who’ve lost their lives to COVID-19.

Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania has also issued a proclamation advising government buildings in the state to fly the American flag at half-staff in remembrance of COVID-19 victims. In a statement, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf said “Too many Pennsylvanians” have died because of COVID-19. As a result, he’s ordered government buildings to fly the American flag at half-staff. It’s important to note that Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wold is also encouraging residential households to fly the American flag at half-staff as well.

Other states will likely follow suit by ordering their government buildings to fly the American flag at half-staff to honor COVID-19 victims. As previously mentioned, the half-staff position is a sign of honor and remembrance.