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Flags are lowered in Shelby and around the USA to honor those lost to the coronavirus pandemic.

Flags in Shelby and around the country are at half staff until sunset Feb. 26 to honor Americans who have lost their lives to COVID-19, President Joe Biden announced.

“As of this week during the dark winter of the COVID-19 pandemic, more than 500,000 Americans have now died from the virus,” Biden wrote in a proclamation. “That is more Americans who have died in a single year of this pandemic than in World War I, World War II and the Vietnam War combined.”

“On this solemn occasion, we reflect on their loss and on their loved ones left behind,” his Feb. 22 proclamation states. “We, as a nation, must remember them so we can begin to heal, to unite, and find purpose as one nation to defeat this pandemic.”

As of Feb. 23, Shelby had recorded 29 coronavirus deaths during the pandemic.

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