One million American lives lost to COVID-19

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Flags in the US territory of American Samoa are flying at half staff today in accordance with a presidential proclamation for flags to be lowered as a mark of respect for American lives lost due to Covid.

At the White House today, President Joe Biden said, “Today, we mark a tragic milestone: one million American lives lost to COVID-19. One million empty chairs around the dinner table.

Each is an irreplaceable loss. Each leaving behind a family, a community, and a Nation forever changed because of this pandemic. Jill and I pray for each of them.”

The President proclaimed,” In memory of the one million American lives lost to COVID-19 and their loved ones left behind, I hereby order, by the authority vested in me by the Constitution and laws of the United States, that the flag of the United States shall be flown at half-staff at the White House and on all public buildings and grounds, at all military posts and naval stations, and on all naval vessels of the Federal Government in the District of Columbia and throughout the United States and its Territories and possessions until sunset May 16, 2022. I also direct that the flag shall be flown at half-staff for the same period at all United States embassies, legations, consular offices, and other facilities abroad, including all military facilities and naval vessels and stations.”

Governor Lemanu Peleti Mauga said, “As we reflect upon this pandemic and consider the loss of life and the impacts on the affected survivors, let us each take a moment to give thanks to our God for his continued blessings upon our Territory.”