PHOENIX — In observance of National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, Governor Doug Ducey has ordered the lowering of flags at all state buildings to half-staff today, December 7 from sunrise to sunset.
“For the last 76 years, America has not forgotten those lost to the horrible attack at Pearl Harbor. Though the attack lasted only about two hours, 20 American naval vessels were destroyed, 2,400 U.S. service members were killed and another 1,000 were injured. These Americans and their lives were taken in an instant.
“The State of Arizona feels an especially poignant connection since nearly half of the crewmen killed were aboard the USS Arizona. Let’s pay our respects to the 1,177 lives that passed that day on the historic battleship named after our state.
“This day has come to symbolize our country’s strength and resiliency. It’s come to symbolize the sacrifice and courage of our men and women in uniform, and of our veterans. It’s come to symbolize our unity as a country, the common purpose we share as Americans to fight for freedom across the globe.
“Let us never forget to honor the heroes of the Greatest Generation, who answered the call to serve their country, and the brave men and women who continue to fight for American lives and liberties across the world today. They’ll forever be etched in our memories."