Our Nation must always remember the heroism, dedication, and sacrifice of those who served at Pearl Harbor and in World War II. More than 2,400 Americans died and another 1,100 were wounded at Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. Fifteen men earned the Medal of Honor for bravery, with 10 of them awarded posthumously, for service at Pearl Harbor.
Upon completion of the attack, Japanese Imperial Admiral Yamamoto is quoted as saying, “We have awakend a sleeping giant and have instilled in him a terrible resolve.” President Franklin Delano Roosevelt called December 7, 1941 “a date which will live in infamy”.
In 1941, the attack on Pearl Harbor entered the consciousness of Americans more forcefully than any other single event in contemporary history and brought an immediate reaction of unprecedented unity from the American people.
In 1942, a poster designed in remembrance of Pearl Harbor used a quotation from Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address: “…we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain…”. Even now, some six decades later, Pearl Harbor remains the subject of a regular flow of documentaries, books and articles.
On December 7th of each year, all Americans are encouraged to fly the flag of the United States at half-staff and to observe the date with appropriate, solemn ceremonies in honor of those who died as a result of their service at Pearl Harbor.
Presidential Proclamation dated December 6, 2002, Public Law 103-308 as amended