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Governor Cuomo Directs Flags To Half-Staff & State Landmarks ‘Lit In Honor Of Essential Workers Who Lost Their Lives To COVID-19’ - Flags Will Remain At Half-Staff & Landmarks Will Remain Lit For Memorial Day

Published Thursday, May 27, 2021
by Governor’s Office Press Release
Governor Cuomo Directs Flags To Half-Staff & State Landmarks ‘Lit In Honor Of Essential Workers Who Lost Their Lives To COVID-19’ - Flags Will Remain At Half-Staff & Landmarks Will Remain Lit For Memorial Day

(ALBANY, NEW YORK) - Governor Andrew Cuomo has directed flags on State Government Buildings to be flown at half-staff and state landmarks to be lit red, white and blue on Sunday (May 30th) to honor the Essential Workers who lost their lives due to COVID-19.

Flags will remain at half-staff until noon and landmarks will remain lit on Monday (May 31st) for Memorial Day in honor of the service members who lost their lives fighting to defend our country.

The landmarks being lit include: One World Trade Center; Governor Mario M. Cuomo Bridge; the Kosciuszko Bridge; H. Carl McCall SUNY Building; the State Education Building; the Alfred E. Smith State Office Building; the New York State Fairgrounds - Main Gate & Expo Center; Niagara Falls; Grand Central Terminal - Pershing Square Viaduct; the Albany International Airport Gateway; the Lake Placid Olympic Jumping Complex; and the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s (MTA) Long Island Rail Road - East End Gateway at Penn Station

Governor Cuomo released the following statement:

It takes a special person, when every instinct in your body says, that's dangerous, don't go there run away, it takes a special person to say, no, I'm going in because I think I can help someone.

And the Essential Workers did that day, after day, after day, after day, every day, walking into the fire, not knowing, God forbid, am I getting infected?

God forbid, am I getting infected and then bringing it back home to my child.

Nurses, Doctors, Hospital Staff, Teachers, Food Delivery Workers.

All these brave people, Bus Drivers, Subway Drivers.

I stand up there every day and I say, stay home, be safe, stay home.

Don't go out, keep your kids home, stay in.

But not you.

You're an Essential Worker.

You have to go to work tomorrow so everybody else can stay home.

And they did."

They walked into the fire every day, and we owe them a profound, profound, thank you.

We went from the highest infection rate on the globe in New York, on the globe, to the lowest infection rate, and we saved tens of thousands of lives, because there were no people on this planet, like the people of this state.

And they showed their character, and their strength, and their courage, and their unity.

And remember them and their families on Memorial Day.

To Continue Reading The Governor’s Press Release, Go To: www.governor.ny.gov/news/governor-cuomo-directs-flags-half-staff-and-state-landmarks-lit-honor-essential-workers-who?fbclid=IwAR28Dxb_W07veumVeWQpeUmGxy1yUn0A0gEb2DAhSn1bd1_n0G-HYMRobS4

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