Flags at half-staff to mark Pearl Harbor anniversary

Across the country, American and state flags are being flown at
half-staff to mark the 82-year anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor.

They will continue at half-staff in honor of former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor until her interment on Dec. 19.

A resolution approved by Congress in 1994 designates December
7 of each year as “National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day,” and directs that flags be lowered to half-staff from from sunrise to sundown.

“On this day 82 years ago, 2,403 service members and civilians were
killed in a painful and unprovoked attack on our Armed Forces,” President Joe Biden said in a proclamation commemorating the patriots who were wounded and who perished on December 7, 1941. 

“On National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, we remember these women and
men, who gave their last full measure of devotion to our nation,” Biden said.  “We
honor the brave service members who — with the horrors of Pearl Harbor
weighing on their hearts and the hopes of humanity resting on their
shoulders — answered the call to defend freedom against the forces of
fascism during World War II.”

“The stories of the Greatest Generation’s ultimate courage and commitment
continue to inspire an enduring sense of unity and purpose throughout
our Nation.  They remind us that, in the darkest of moments, we have the
power to bend the arc of history toward a freer and more just future,” Biden said.  “They remind us that, from death, destruction, and division, we can
build a better world — one grounded in peace and security.  They remind
us that the forces of tyranny and terrorism are no match for the flame
of liberty that burns in the hearts of free people everywhere.  Above
all, they remind us that every generation can — and must — defeat
democracy’s mortal foes.”

Together, we must continue to answer that call.  We must continue to
honor our sacred obligation to care for our service members; veterans;
and their families, caregivers, and survivors — including our World War
II veterans, who dared all and risked all for our country,” the president said. “With
bipartisan support in the Congress, my Administration is meeting that
obligation — including now welcoming all World War II veterans to enroll
in Veterans Affairs health care services, regardless of length of
service or financial status.”

“As we honor the patriots who perished on this tragic day 82 years ago
and the service members who defended democracy in the days and years
that followed, let us carry forward their mission of forging a better
future for humankind, one of greater dignity, opportunity, and security
for all.  Let us remember that we are the United States of America — and
there is nothing beyond our capacity if we do it together.”

Flags are currently at half-staff in honor of O’Connor, and should be raised to full staff at sunset on Tuesday, Dec. 19, the day of interment.

Individuals, businesses, and other organizations are encouraged to join
in this tribute, according to a statement from Gov. Hobbs’ office.