WHEREAS, December 7, 2022 marks the 81st anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, against the United States; and
WHEREAS this military assault resulted in the deaths of over 2,400 American soldiers and civilians and the injuries of over a thousand more, as well as the destruction of 20 American naval vessels, including eight battleships of the U.S. Pacific Fleet, and more than 300 aircraft; and
WHEREAS, the attack on Pearl Harbor caused the United States to enter World War II, where our Armed Forces fought valiantly to overcome tyranny, preserve our nation, and safeguard the freedoms of all people; and
THIS DAY SERVES AS A STARK REMINDER OF THE EXCEPTIONAL SERVICE AND SELFLESS SACRIFICE OF OUR ARMED FORCES, WHO RISK THEIR LIVES AND PERSONAL SAFETY TO PROTECT OUR NATION AND PRESERVE ITS FOUNDING VALUES AND FREEDOMS; AND WHEREAS, this day serves as
WHEREAS, we pause today to reflect on the loss of life and the destruction of the Pearl Harbor Naval Base, as well as to remember the valor and ultimate sacrifice of those who fought and perished on December 7, 1941; and
WHEREAS, our military personnel place themselves in harm’s way to defend the values we hold dear, and the amount of appreciation we owe them is incalculable.
I, Mike Dunleavy, Governor of the State of Alaska, do officially proclaim December 7, 2022 to be:
Pearl Harbor Day of Remembrance
In Alaska, order the Alaska State Flag to be flown at half-staff in commemoration of the lives lost at Pearl Harbor.