600K flags displayed on National Mall in remembrance of COVID-19 deaths

WASHINTON, D.C. — Family members of people who have died from COVID-19 are remembering their loved ones in a special national tribute.

The tribute is happening in Washington, D.C. and Miami Valley Congressman Mike Turner is helping local families take part.

The tribute has already started, but families in the Miami Valley still have time to honor their loved one. It’s an impressive show of support for victims of COVID.

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Rep. Mike Turner said, “The National Park Service is a part of the art installation and has included a component where everyone can participate. Those who have lost a loved one go to a website and put in their name, which will be inscribed on a flag this week.”

The tribute to the victims is a field of small white flags, placed in rows and rows on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. Each flag bears the name of a person who died of COVID. Many of the flags do have a special message from a family member back home.

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Rep. Turner said even though the exhibit has already started, there is still time for people to go to the organizer’s website – www.inamericanflags.com, enter the name of a loved one lost to COVID-19 with a brief message.

Turner also said he’s vaccinated and encourages people who qualify for the COVID-19 vaccine to get it for themselves and for others around them.

“It’s not just about yourself. It’s also about the people you love and care about to make sure that you’re not someone who can transmit the disease and we know your life can be saved,” Turner said. “That’s important – not to be one of those flags out there on the mall and making sure that you can enjoy your life by taking the vaccine and making sure you are prepared.”

At this time, there are more than 600,000 flags on display in Washington and the displays runs through Oct. 3.