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Flags at half-staff for Pearl Harbor tribute

December 7, 2012
The Maui News

Flags will fly at half-staff today to mark the 71st anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.

Gov. Neil Abercrombie ordered that all Hawaii flags at all state offices and agencies as well as the Hawaii National Guard be flown at half-staff alongside U.S. flags from sunrise to sunset.

President Barack Obama has proclaimed Dec. 7 to be National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day.

"Today, we pay solemn tribute to America's sons and daughters who made the ultimate sacrifice . . . let us also reaffirm that their legacy will always burn bright - whether in the memory of those who knew them, the spirit of service that guides our men and women in uniform today, or the heart of the country they kept strong and free," he said in his proclamation.

The surprise attack on the U.S. military installations on Oahu on Dec. 7, 1941, led to the nation declaring war on Japan during World War II.



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