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Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day

Military and VeteransWHEREAS, December 7, 2017, marks the 76th anniversary of the attack on the United States at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii; and

WHEREAS, on December 7, 1941, a military assault took place at the U.S. Naval Base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, that claimed the lives of over 2,400 soldiers and citizens and injured over a thousand additional people, and caused the destruction of twenty American naval vessels including 8 battleships of the U.S. Pacific Fleet and over 300 airplanes; and

WHEREAS, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt famously proclaimed December 7, 1941 as “a date which will live in infamy,” and it has stood as a solemn day of tribute ever since; and

WHEREAS, one day later, on December 8, 1941, President Roosevelt requested of Congress the power and authority to declare war on Japan, and that day after the attack on Pearl Harbor, the United States of America was officially thrust into World War II; and

WHEREAS, reflecting on the loss of human life and the ruination of the Pearl Harbor Base that day serves as a stark reminder of the exceptional service and selfless sacrifice of our armed servicemen and women, who risked their lives and personal safety to shield our nation from harm and preserve our nation’s founding values and liberties; and

WHEREAS, today we pause in commemoration of those who fought and died on December 7, 1941 and we honor their bravery and final sacrifice; and

WHEREAS, we are profoundly grateful for members of our nation’s military and their families, who freely risk all for the good of others.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Bill Walker, GOVERNOR OF THE STATE OF ALASKA, do hereby proclaim December 7, 2017 as:

Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day

in Alaska, and encourage all Alaskans to remember the exceptional service of our nations’ Veterans, and direct that the Alaska flag be flown at half-mast in honor of remembrance of the American lives lost at Pearl Harbor.

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