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Flags at half-staff Friday

December 6, 2012
On Friday, December 7, all U.S. flags at federal, state and public facilities in the United States will be flown at half-staff in commemoration of the Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day.

This historic day will allow all Americans to remember the infamous attack by Japanese forces on the U.S. Pacific Fleet at Pearl Harbor, as well as celebrate the valor and dedication shown by a brave generation of Americans during the World War II.

December 7, 1941, according to U.S. Navy Chief Admiral Michael G. Mullen, was "not just a day of infamy, but in many ways it was a day of discovery for America and for the world. It changed us, it hurt us, but it also made us stronger, as did September 11."

The U.S. Congress, according to Public Law 103 308, has officially designated the seventh day of December as the "National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day.

"On this solemn occasion, the nation pays homage to the perseverance and heroism shown by many in the face of extremely overwhelming odds. This holiday allows the nation to commemorate the sacrifices made by the valiant members of the U.S. Armed Forces, as well as to celebrate the victory over the forces of fascism, oppression and isolationism. This day also bodes well for igniting the patriotic spirit in each of us."
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