Governor Janet T. Mills today ordered that the US and State of Maine flags be flown at half-staff immediately until sunset on Sunday, May 24th in solemn remembrance of the victims of the coronavirus pandemic. Governor Mills also ordered that the US and State of Maine flags be flown at half-staff this Monday, 25, 2020 until noon in honor of Memorial Day.
“COVID-19 has taken the lives of seventy-five Maine people. They were parents, grandparents, friends, neighbors and loved ones, they were members of our Maine family and they are missed every day. Today our State continues to do all we can to fight the ravages of this silent deadly virus, but let us also pause to remember those we have lost. I hope all Maine people will join me in not only offering our deepest sympathies to their families, friends and communities, but in recommitting our selves to doing everything we can as individuals and as a state to save others.” the Governor said.
“As we mourn the lives lost, we recognize this Monday also marks an important day of rememberance of those brave servicemen and women who perished in service to our nation and the families and loved ones they left behind. Although this Memorial Day will be different from those past, what is not different is our unwavering gratitude for those who have faithfully served our state and nation in the Armed Forces and who gave, as President Lincoln said, ‘the last full measure of devotion.’ On this Memorial Day and every day, let us express our deepest gratitude to them, their families, and those still serving every day to keep us safe.”
She went on to acknowledge that this country and state has been through an “extraordinarily difficult year.” That includes pain and illness, death, unemployment and financial loss she said. “On Memorial Day we remember how much else this country has been through and how we survived those times and how we will …rise again.”
The Governor recalled how 75 years ago last month, the nation “lost one of the most vital people of this 20th century. – Franklin Delano Roosevelt, who led us out of the Great Depression and then led the American people through war, calling on us to speak with one voice, with one heart, with determination and dignity…”
“Wear the mask to show you care. Wear the mask with pride, in honor of every patriot,” the Governor urged Mainers.