Sponsored By
An organization or individual has paid for the creation of this work but did not approve or review it.



Flags to fly at half-staff Tuesday, then on 19th of every month in 2020

Gov. Walz directive intended to honor citizens lost to COVID-19.

Gov. Tim Walz's glasses fog up as he wears a mask during a press conference inside the Department of Public Safety in St. Paul, Minn., on Thursday, April 30, 2020. Walz unveiled a plan that extends the state's stay-at-home order and keeps bars and restaurants takeout-only until May 18, but also makes changes to allow some additional business operations. Evan Frost / MPR News, Pool

Gov. Tim Walz directed all flags at state and federal buildings in Minnesota to be flown at half-staff from sunrise to sunset Tuesday, and on the 19th of every month through 2020, to remember, mourn and honor lives lost due to COVID-19.

"As of (Friday), 683 of our mothers and fathers, sons and daughters, husbands and wives, friends and neighbors, have passed due to COVID-19," read a proclamation issued by the governor. "Minnesotans come together as one community in these challenging moments to mourn and support each other."

Individuals, businesses and other organizations also are encouraged to join in lowering their flags.

"The people who have been lost are not just numbers, and they are not forgotten," Lt. Gov. Peggy Flanagan said.

What To Read Next
Get Local