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Posted on: December 7, 2023

American flags flown at half-staff for Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day

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Residents and visitors should notice American flags throughout Columbus are being flown at half-staff today, Thursday, Dec. 7. This is because of National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day.

Today marks the 82nd anniversary since the attack in Hawaii that began the U.S.'s involvement in World War II.

On Dec. 7, 1941, the Japanese military made a surprise attack on the United States Naval Base at Pearl Harbor in Hawaii, which resulted in the deaths of thousands of service members and civilians, over a thousand injuries, the sinking of American ships and destruction of aircrafts, according to History.

The next day, the U.S. declared war on Japan and entered into World War II.

U.S. Congress designated Dec. 7 as National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day on Aug. 23, 1994, according to the National Park Service.

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Nebraska Gov. Jim Pillen, in accordance with a request from the White House, has announced all U.S. and Nebraska flags are to be flown at half-staff in honor of Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day.

"On this day, 82 years ago, we recall the sacrifice and bravery of 2,403 American heroes who gave their lives in service to our nation,” Pillen said, in a statement. “We are all forever grateful to the greatest generation, which conquered evil and triumphantly fought for the world during World War II.”

The City of Columbus encourages all to take some time to reflect on the significance of the day in American history.

U.S. President Joe Biden reflected on the significance of Pearl Harbor Day in his official proclamation.

“On National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, we honor the memories of the 2,403 service members and civilians whose lives were cut short on that tragic December morning. We reflect on the resilience of America’s Armed Forces, who withstood the attack and built the most capable fighting force the world has ever known.  In the wake of tragedy, these brave women and men — the Greatest Generation — answered the call to defend freedom, justice, and democracy across the Pacific, throughout Europe, and around the globe,” Biden stated. “Today, we carry forward their spirit of unity and their enduring resolve to protect the United States against those who seek to do us harm.”

You can read the president’s full proclamation by clicking here.

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