Gov. DeSantis orders flags lowered in memory of COVID-19 victims

U.S. and state flags flying over state properties will be lowered to half-staff for the duration of the Memorial Day weekend to commemorate the people who died because of COVID-19, Gov. Ron DeSantis has announced.

The governor’s office issued a memorandum to that effect in line with a similar edict from President Trump, “as a mark of respect for the victims of the novel coronavirus pandemic.”

The governor’s order will apply to “all local and state buildings, installations, and grounds throughout the State of Florida” through sunset on Sunday.

“May God be with the victims of this pandemic and bring aid and comfort to their families and friends,” the president’s order says in part.

The governor’s order came down shortly before state health officials updated their COVID database to reflect a total of 49,451 cases including 2,190 deaths.

Memorial Day traditionally is meant to honor servicemen and -women who died while serving, but Trump’s proclamation made no mention of them, except in including military facilities and vessels as subject to the order.

Michael Moline
Michael Moline has covered politics and the legal system for more than 30 years. He is a former managing editor of the San Francisco Daily Journal and former assistant managing editor of The National Law Journal. He began his career covering the Florida Capitol for United Press International. More recently, he wrote for Florida Politics.