Gov. Northam orders state flags to be lowered in honor of U.S. Representative John R. Lewis

Posted at 3:04 PM, Jul 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-18 15:05:00-04

RICHMOND, Va. - In accordance with President Trump's Presidential Proclamation to lower the United States flag through July 18, Governor Northam has ordered that the state's flag to be flown at half-staff over the state Capitol and all local, state, and federal buildings and grounds in the Commonwealth.

The governor's flag order is in respect and memory of U.S. Representative John R. Lewis.

Northam says that the Virginia flag shall be lowered immediately and remain at half-staff until sunset on the day of his interment.

U.S. Rep. John Lewis has died at the age of 80.

Related: Civil rights leader and congressman John Lewis has died at 80

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi confirmed Lewis’ death after several reports Friday night, saying “Today, America mourns the loss of one of the greatest heroes of American history: Congressman John Lewis, the Conscience of the Congress.”

The congressman and civil rights icon had been undergoing treatment in his battle with stage 4 pancreatic cancer.

Lewis, a Democrat, served 17 terms in the House of Representatives, representing Georgia’s 5th congressional district since 1987.