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Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day: Flags Fly at Half-Staff

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- It’s been more than seven decades since the morning that bombs fell over the island of Oahu. Flags will fly at half-staff Saturday in Missouri and beyond to honor those who were injured or died in the attack on Pearl Harbor.
Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day reminds us of the sacrifices that have been made by our men and women in uniform and of their tremendous courage through the generations.
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- It’s been more than seven decades since the morning that bombs fell over the island of Oahu. Flags will fly at half-staff Saturday in Missouri and beyond to honor those who were injured or died in the attack on Pearl Harbor.

Present Obama issued a proclamation on the event Friday, December 6. In the proclamation the President discusses the importance of National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, the text is as follows:

More than seven decades ago, on a calm Sunday morning, our Nation was attacked without warning or provocation. The bombs that fell on the island of Oahu took almost 2,400 American lives, damaged our Pacific Fleet, challenged our resilience, and tested our resolve. On National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, we honor the men and women who selflessly sacrificed for our country, and we show our enduring gratitude to all who fought to defend freedom against the forces of tyranny and oppression in the Second World War.

In remembrance of Pearl Harbor and to defend our Nation against future attacks, scores of young Americans enlisted in the United States military. In battle after battle, our troops fought with courage and honor. They took the Pacific theater island by island, and eventually swept through Europe, liberating nations as they progressed. Because of their extraordinary valor, America emerged from this test as we always do -- stronger than ever before.

We also celebrate those who served and sacrificed on the home front -- from families who grew Victory Gardens or donated to the war effort to women who joined the assembly line alongside workers of every background and realized their own power to build a brighter world. Together, our Greatest Generation overcame the Great Depression, and built the largest middle class and strongest economy in history.

Today, with solemn pride and reverence, let us remember those who fought and died at Pearl Harbor, acknowledge everyone who carried their legacy forward, and reaffirm our commitment to upholding the ideals for which they served.

The Congress, by Public Law 103-308, as amended, has designated December 7 of each year as "National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day."

In common with other states, Missouri will fly all flags at state at local government buildings at half-staff. A state law was enacted in 1996 designating December 7th each year as Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day.

Governor Jay Nixon asks Missouri residents to remember and honor those who have served or are now serving our nation, “Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day reminds us of the sacrifices that have been made by our men and women in uniform and of their tremendous courage through the generations,” Nixon said.

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