White House press secretary Jen Psaki announced that President Biden will order all flags flying over federal buildings to fly at half-staff for five days to mark the “solemn milestone” of 500,000 American deaths from Covid-19.
“Later today, the President, the first lady, the Vice President and the second gentlemen will mark the solemn milestone of 500,000 American lives lost to Covid-19. They will ask all Americans to join in a moment of silence during a candle lighting ceremony at sundown,” Psaki said at Monday’s White House press briefing. “President Biden will also deliver remarks and order all flags on federal property to be lowered at half-staff for the next five days.”
Psaki said Biden’s remarks will “will highlight the magnitude of loss that this milestone marks for the American people and so many families across the country."
The White House official also said Biden would "speak to the power of the American people to turn the tide on this pandemic by working together, following public health guidelines and getting in line to be vaccinated as soon as they are eligible.”