TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Today, Governor Rick Scott ordered the flags of the United States and the State of Florida to be flown at half-staff on Monday, December 7, 2015, in honor of National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day.
NATIONAL PEARL HARBOR REMEMBRANCE DAY; DECEMBER 7, 2015
WHEREAS, on December 7, 1941, the United States Naval Base at Pearl Harbor in the Hawaiian Islands was attacked by the Naval Forces of the Japanese Empire; and
WHEREAS, more than 2,400 American lives were lost in the sudden attack that Sunday morning, and a major portion of the United States Navy’s Pacific Fleet was destroyed; and
WHEREAS, the attack on Pearl Harbor led to America’s entry into World War II; and
WHEREAS, the brave men and women of the United States Armed Forces are forever remembered for their courage, selfless dedication, and sacrifice during World War II; and
WHEREAS, the State of Florida appreciates and encourages the efforts of the Sons and Daughters of Pearl Harbor Survivors to keep their parents’ legacy, bravery, and heroism in the minds of all Floridians; and
WHEREAS, December 7, 2015, marks the 74th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor; and
WHEREAS, this 74th anniversary marks a time for communities, individuals, and organizations to gather across our Country and throughout the State of Florida to perform acts of charity, to pray, and to support one another as we honor and remember those who lost their lives on December 7, 1941; and
WHEREAS, the Congress of the United States, by Public Law 103-308, as amended, has designated December 7 of each year as National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Scott, Governor of the State of Florida, hereby direct the flags of the United States and the State of Florida to be flown at half-staff at all local and state buildings, installations, and grounds throughout the State of Florida, from sunrise to sunset, on Monday, December 7, 2015. In addition, I encourage all people of our great state to observe this National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day with appropriate ceremonies and activities to remember and honor those who died in defense of our freedom on December 7, 1941, at Pearl Harbor.