Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham has ordered all state flags to be flown at half staff for the Memorial Day weekend.
The lowered flags are to be flown from sundown Friday (May 22) to sundown on Monday (May 25) in honor of all of the victims of COVID-19 and their families. The order joins honoring COVID-19 victims with military personnel who have lost their lives over the years.
“There are no words for the grief I feel for the New Mexico families and loved ones of those we’ve lost to this heinous virus,” said Lujan Grisham in a press release.
Lujan Grisham said the state is currently undergoing a sacrifice to mitigate the spread of the virus, but that the weekend is for both the sacrifice of the state and it’s veterans.
“Of course, this weekend, we recognize another, even higher form of service – that of the military personnel who have given everything to protect us and keep us safe,” Lujan Grisham said. “We are grateful to them every day, and Memorial Day is an opportunity to reflect on the debt we owe them, and their families, for the freedoms we too often take for granted.”
A number of ceremonies have been canceled or restricted this weekend due to concerns over the spread of the virus, however a number of groups will be holding private events to honor the fallen members of the armed forces.
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