“December 7, 1941—a date which will live in infamy.” National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day is today, December 7, 2012. Pearl Harbor Day is a day to honor all those who died (2,402 Americans were killed and 1,282 wounded) in the attack on Pearl Harbor on Dec.7, 1941.
According to WPRI.com Eyewitness News on Dec. 6, 2012, Gov. Lincoln Chafee has ordered that all public buildings in the state display the U.S. and Rhode Island flags at half-staff on Friday, Dec. 7, in honor of National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day.
President Obama strongly suggested in his Presidential Proclamation, flying American flags at half-staff saying, “I urge all Federal agencies and interested organizations, groups, and individuals to fly the flag of the United States at half-staff this December 7 in honor of those American patriots who died as a result of their service at Pearl Harbor.”
The Flag of the United States is also flown at half-staff until sunset in honor of those who died in the attack. As horrific as it was, Pearl Harbor Day is not a federal holiday. Rhode Island government offices, schools, and businesses do not close. Some organizations may hold special events in memory of those killed or injured in the Pearl Harbor attack.
The Providence Journal Friday, Dec. 7 reported, “More than 2,000 people are gathering at Pearl Harbor on Friday to mark the 71st anniversary of the Japanese attack that killed thousands of people and launched the United States into World War II. The Pearl Harbor Day ceremonies will get under way with a moment of silence at 7:55 a.m. local time, the exact time the bombing began in 1941.
Pearl Harbor Day Quotes
To the Congress of the United States by President Franklin D. Roosevelt: “Yesterday, Dec. 7, 1941 – a date which will live in infamy – the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan.”
“Every nation has to either be with us, or against us. Those who harbor terrorists, or who finance them, are going to pay a price.” – Hillary Clinton
“We’re in greater danger today than we were the day after Pearl Harbor. Our military is absolutely incapable of defending this country.” – Ronald Reagan
“Everybody knows about Pearl Harbor. The thing that really fascinated me is that through this tragedy there was this amazing American heroism.” – Michael Bay
“My husband is from Hawaii and his father who was also born in Hawaii was a teenager when Pearl Harbor happened, right before church and he ran up and got on the roof of his grandfather’s house and watched the planes go over.” – Sigourney Weaver
“Our military thought that they couldn’t get to Pearl Harbor, that it was too long a journey from Japan to get there, and they proved us wrong.” – Jerry Bruckheimer
“Pearl Harbor caused our Nation to wholeheartedly commit to winning World War II, changing the course of our Nation’s history and the world’s future.” – Joe Baca
“The parallels between 9/11 and Pearl Harbor are striking. In each instance there were warning signs before the attack, and in each instance our government failed to connect the dots.” – Diane Watson
“Praise the Lord and pass the ammunition!” – Lieutenant Howell Maurice Forgy, USN
Sources: Brainy Quote; History Navy; Wikipedia; Providence Journal, WPRI Eyewitness News, The White House Blog
Photo Credit: Pearl Harbor Day images: Exact moment USS Shaw Exploded December 7, 1941 in the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. Wikimedia Commons. Public Domain