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Spanish flag flying at half-mast in Plaza de Chamberi, Madrid
Those who have died in the pandemic deserve our lasting remembrance.
An even bigger tribute to the deeply-lamented
deceased would, however, be for us to
live together in harmony.
by Rose Maramba
In conjunction with the ten-day mourning for the victims of the COVID-19 pandemic across Spain, Madrid observed one minute of silence on Wednesday, 27 May 2020, at 12:00 noon, and will do so every day until the period is over. All the other towns and cities in the country are expected to render the same tribute. The period of the official mourning starts at 00:00 this Wednesday and will end at 00:00 on Saturday, 6 June.
The mourning is the longest in the history of democratic Spain, during which the Spanish flag will fly at half-staff on all public buildings, Navy ships and at Spanish missions abroad. An initiative of the central government, it was approved by the Council of Ministers on the 25th of May 2020.
For a minute each day, activities will cease as a sign of profound respect for the COVID-19 victims.
In his weekly address this week, the President of the Government, Pedro Sánchez, said that those who have died in the pandemic “deserve to be remembered; they deserve our lasting remembrance.” An even bigger tribute to the deeply-lamented deceased would, however, be “for us to live together in harmony.”
King Felipe VI, as Head of State, will preside at other commemorations and memorials on the agenda.
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