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
"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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