Mayor Garcetti orders flags at half staff to remember the 500,000 lives lost to COVID-19
February 22, 2021
LOS ANGELES — Mayor Garcetti today joined President Biden and leaders across the country in ordering all flags to fly at half staff — to honor the more than 500,000 Americans lost to COVID-19. Of that total, 19,904 lives have been lost in Los Angeles County and 8,108 within the City of Los Angeles.
The Mayor issued the following statement:
“More than 500,000 lives taken by COVID-19: it’s a loss that’s almost incomprehensible. Yet behind this number are names; behind these statistics, stories; behind these figures, families missing a loved one at the dinner table and confronting a world now incomplete. Here in Los Angeles, this merciless virus has extinguished nearly 20,000 souls — the friend or co-worker who greeted you with a smile each morning; the parent who tucked their kids in tight each night; the abuela, the restaurant owner, the barber, the classmate, the very pillars of our communities.
“Every one of them left an imprint on our hearts, and it’s in their honor that we lower our flags tonight. It's in their memories we must approach the months ahead with a renewed sense of resilience and resolve — because like so much in this unprecedented year, what happens next, how many lives are saved, how many people are vaccinated, how soon we defeat this pandemic, all of it is up to us.
“Let’s mark this somber milestone with solemn reflection. Let's work to usher in the day when more needless deaths are prevented and flying our flags at half-staff is no longer necessary. Let's keep marching on the road to healing, health, recovery, and rebuilding.”