North Carolina to observe June 1 as Day of Mourning to honor COVID-19 victims

Posted at 7:06 PM, May 31, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-31 19:06:44-04

RALEIGH, N.C. - The office of North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper announced Sunday that the governor is encouraging all North Carolinians to honor June 1 as a Day of Mourning to grieve the 100,000 people in America - including almost 1,000 in North Carolina - who have lost their lives to the novel coronavirus.

“This is an opportunity to remind ourselves that our death count is not just a number, it represents people, communities and families in mourning,” Gov. Cooper said. “I encourage North Carolinians to join in this moment of silence in honor of the people we have lost and their loved ones who are struggling in the wake of this cruel virus.”

More than 100 leaders of faith-based organizations, including Christian, Jewish, and Muslim houses of worship, from across the country are leading this national moment of silence on Monday at 12 p.m. Local and state leaders throughout the nation, including the National Governors Association and the United States Conference of Mayors, are joining the call for silence.

Gov. Cooper will order all state flags to be lowered to half-staff in memory of those who passed from COVID-19.

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