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Walt Disney World is raising and lowering the American flag in an empty theme park every day

The theme parks are closed indefinitely, but a team of essential employees is still manning the flag at Magic Kingdom.

Even though Walt Disney World is closed indefinitely because of the COVID-19 outbreak, the American flag is being raised and lowered every day in the middle of one of its empty theme parks.

A team of essential Disney cast members (which is what Disney calls its employees) is still on site, including the Disney security team. Their duties include continuing to raise and lower the American flag each day in the Town Square at Magic Kingdom.

“Continuing that tradition is a reminder of the gratitude Americans have for veterans and active-duty military service members around the world,” a theme park statement said.

Related: Disney World is closed until further notice
Walt Disney World is closed indefinitely. [JOHN RAOUX | AP]

When Disney World first announced it was closing March 16 for two weeks to help curb the spread of the coronavirus, all of Florida’s theme parks announced the same schedule within hours. At the time, all said they would be closed through March 31. But since then, Disney has said it is closed “indefinitely” and will pay its workers through mid-April.

Walt Disney World President Josh D’Amaro posted the images on his official Instagram account and wrote:

“While our world looks very different today, one thing endures ... the American flag still flies over Walt Disney World,”

“I’m inspired how our Security Cast Members continue to raise it each and every morning at Magic Kingdom while they are on duty protecting the magic,” he wrote. “It’s a symbol that we’re still here and will not falter.”

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