Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Governor McDonnell Issues Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day Proclamation and Orders Flags Lowered

RICHMOND – Governor Bob McDonnell has issued a proclamation recognizing December 7th as Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day in Virginia. He has also ordered that flags be flown at half-staff on all local, state, and federal buildings and grounds in Virginia. Please find below the proclamation and flag order.

PEARL HARBOR REMEMBRANCE DAY

WHEREAS, December 7, 2010 marks the 69th anniversary of the attack on the United States Naval Base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii; and

WHEREAS, early on the morning of December 7, 1941, Pearl Harbor was ambushed in a surprise attack by the Japanese Imperial Navy, and 2,403 American military personnel, including 44 Virginians, were killed while 1,178 others were wounded; and

WHEREAS, the attack on Pearl Harbor, a day that has since lived in infamy, is among the most destructive and unwarranted acts of war to take place on American soil and its anniversary serves as a reminder of the vigilance and preparedness which our nation must always maintain; and

WHEREAS, Virginians and Americans everywhere owe a debt of gratitude to the members of the United States Armed Forces who died at Pearl Harbor, as well as to those who survived and fought with great honor and bravery in the Second World War while defending the people and principles of our nation; and

WHEREAS, it is fitting to observe a day in honor of everyone who served in the United States Armed Forces at Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, and to reflect upon their sacrifices and on the losses endured by their families and loved ones;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Robert F. McDonnell, do hereby recognize December 7, 2010 as PEARL HARBOR REMEMBRANCE DAY in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.


**The proclamation can be found at this link: http://www.governor.virginia.gov/OurCommonwealth/Proclamations/2010/PearlHarbor.cfm

Governor’s Flag Order for the Commonwealth of Virginia

Pursuant with President Barack Obama’s Presidential Proclamation to lower the United States flag on National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, I do hereby order that the flags of the United States of America and the Commonwealth of Virginia shall be flown at half-staff on all local, state, and federal buildings and grounds in the Commonwealth of Virginia in honor and respect of those who died as a result of their service at Pearl Harbor.

I hereby order that the flags shall be lowered immediately on Tuesday, December 7, 2010, and remain at half-staff until sunset.

Ordered this the 6th day of December, 2010.

Sincerely,
Robert F. McDonnell
**Today’s flag status can be found at this link: http://www.governor.virginia.gov/OurCommonwealth/FlagStatus/

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