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Port Arthur to observe National Day of Prayer and Remembrance for coronavirus victims

Mayor Thurman Bartie is asking Port Arthur citizens to pray for families who have lost loved ones to coronavirus at noon Monday.

The U.S. Conference of Mayors has designated June 1 as National Day of Prayer and Remembrance to honor victims of the virus across the nation. The death toll has surpassed 100,000 out of more than 1.7 million confirmed cases of COVID-19.

Brazil has the second highest total of COVID-19 cases with 450,079 (27,276 deaths). The United Kingdom has the second highest total of deaths with 38,161 as of Friday afternoon.

Bartie is asking for all citizens to fly flags at half-mast in memory of the four Port Arthur residents and one Nederland resident who have died of the disease. He also asks churches that have bells to ring them for 30 seconds starting at noon Monday.

About I.C. Murrell

I.C. Murrell was promoted to editor of The News, effective Oct. 14, 2019. He previously served as sports editor since August 2015 and has won or shared eight first-place awards from state newspaper associations and corporations. He was born in Memphis, Tennessee, grew up mostly in Pine Bluff, Arkansas, and graduated from the University of Arkansas at Monticello.

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