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Northam orders flags to half-staff to honor fallen firefighters

Posted at 8:48 PM, Oct 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-05 00:44:24-04

RICHMOND, Va. -- Gov. Ralph Northam issued an order to lower all U.S. flags flown over the Capital and all local, state, and federal buildings and grounds in the Commonwealth to be flown at half-staff in observance of the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Service.

The 39th annual event by the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation, which brings family members together to honor their loved ones who died in the line of duty, will be held virtually Sunday because of the pandemic.

This year, 82 firefighters killed in the line of duty in 2019 and 21 firefighters who died in past years will be remembered during the foundation's "America’s Tribute to Fallen Firefighters."

The 45-minute special will be broadcast online starting at 10 a.m. Sunday.

The flag order, which is in effect sunrise, Sunday, Oct. 4, through sunset, followed President Trump's Presidential Proclamation.