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In a Thursday evening Tweet, President Donald Trump ordered U.S. flags to fly at half-staff to honor the American victims of COVID-19.

As of 5:32 a.m. today, 94,729 U.S. citizens have died of the illness according to Johns Hopkins.

"I will be lowering the flags on all Federal Buildings and National Monuments to half-staff over the next three days in memory of the Americans we have lost to the CoronaVirus," the President tweeted.

Accordingly, all U.S. flags should be lowered immediately and flown at half staff through Sunday evening.

This morning, the president signed a Proclamation on Honoring the Victims of the Novel Coronavirus Pandemic.

The proclamation calls on Governors of the States and Territories and officials of other areas subject to the jurisdiction of the United States, to direct that the flag be flown at half-staff until sunset Sunday, May 24.

“As a mark of solemn respect for the victims of the coronavirus pandemic, by the authority vested in me as President of the United States by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, I hereby order that the flag of the United States shall be flown at half-staff at the White House and upon 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 24, 2020.

"I also direct that the flag shall be flown at half-staff for the same length of time at all United States embassies, legations, consular offices, and other facilities abroad, including all military facilities and naval vessels and stations.”

At sunrise Monday, May 25, U.S. flags should again be lowered for Memorial Day, and stay at half mast until noon only, then raised to full staff until sundown.

The flag, when flown at half-staff, should be first hoisted to the peak for an instant and then slowly lowered to the half-staff position. The flag should be again raised to the peak before it is lowered for the day. On Memorial Day the flag should be displayed at half-staff until noon only, then raised to the top of the staff.

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