Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day
WHEREAS, December 7, 2012 marks the 71st anniversary of the attack on the United States Naval Base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii; and
WHEREAS, early on the morning of December 7, 1941, Pearl Harbor was ambushed in a surprise attack by the Japanese Imperial Navy, and 2,403 American military personnel, including 44 Virginians, were killed while 1,178 others were wounded; and
WHEREAS, the attack on Pearl Harbor, a day that has since lived in infamy, is among the most destructive and unwarranted acts of war to take place on American soil, and its anniversary serves as a reminder of the vigilance and preparedness which our nation must always maintain; and
WHEREAS, Virginians and Americans everywhere owe a debt of gratitude to the members of the United States Armed Forces who died at Pearl Harbor, as well as to those who survived and fought with great honor and bravery in the Second World War while defending the people and principles of our nation; and
WHEREAS, it is fitting to observe a day in honor of everyone who served in the United States Armed Forces at Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, and to reflect upon their sacrifices and on the losses endured by their families and loved ones;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Robert F. McDonnell, do hereby recognize December 7, 2012 as PEARL HARBOR REMEMBRANCE DAY in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.
Governor’s flag order for the Commonwealth of Virginia
In accordance with Public Law 103-308, as amended, designated December 7 of each year as National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, I do hereby order that the flags of the United States of America and the Commonwealth of Virginia shall be flown at half-staff on all local, state, and federal buildings and grounds in the Commonwealth of Virginia in honor and respect of those who died as a result of their service at Pearl Harbor.
I hereby order that the flags shall be lowered immediately on Friday, December 7, 2012, and remain at half-staff until sunset.
Ordered this the 6th day of December, 2012.
Robert F. McDonnell