Our Dad’s Flag recently had the priviledge and honor to spend an entire day on display at the U.S.S. Arizona Memorial in Honolulu, Hawaii in remembrance of the Day of Infamy. A few days prior to Our Dad’s Flag visit, 50 Medal of Honor Recipients had visited the Memorial and laid a wreath to honor the men who died on December 7, 1941. The flag was nestled on the wreath and displayed for the day.
Our Dad and family are honored that Alycia Anderson, of the National Parks Services WWII Valor in the Pacific National Monument, helped out with our family project in patriotism to promote support for Our Dad and ALL our troops. She was our Flag ambassador and photographer! Our thanks to Alycia and all who help maintain the solemnity of such an important U.S. memorial.
2012 marks the 71st anniversary of when the Japanese sent planes over Pearl Harbor forcing the hand of the United States into a world fight as it attacked the United States. On December 7, 1941, the Japanese fired upon 12 warships in Pearl Harbor. That day, 2,402 Americans were killed and 1,282 wounded. For more photos of these events, visit the NPS Photo Gallery of December 7, 1941.
2012 also marks the 50th anniversary of the U.S.S. Arizona Memorial. The National Parks Services offers an incredible history and tribute to the ship, it’s men and the events of this day and war thereafter. Please visit their World War II Valor in the Pacific website as you reflect upon all those “gallant men entombed here and their shipmates” of the U.S.S. Arizona and all those who served that fateful day and many more during the War in the Pacific.
2012 Pearl Harbor Day Proclamation
President Barack Obama has released a Pearl Harbor Day Proclamation:
“On December 7, 1941, our Nation suffered one of the most devastating attacks ever to befall the American people. In less than 2 hours, the bombs that rained on Pearl Harbor robbed thousands of men, women, and children of their lives; in little more than a day, our country was thrust into the greatest conflict the world had ever known. We mark this anniversary by honoring the patriots who perished more than seven decades ago, extending our thoughts and prayers to the loved ones they left behind, and showing our gratitude to a generation of service members who carried our Nation through some of the 20th century’s darkest moments.
In his address to the Congress, President Franklin D. Roosevelt affirmed that “with confidence in our Armed Forces — with the unbounding determination of our people — we will gain the inevitable triumph.” Millions stood up and shipped out to meet that call to service, fighting heroically on Europe’s distant shores and pressing island by island across the Pacific.
Millions more carried out the fight in factories and shipyards here at home, building the arsenal of democracy that propelled America to the victory President Roosevelt foresaw. On every front, we faced down impossible odds — and out of the ashes of conflict, America rose more prepared than ever to meet the challenges of the day, sure that there was no trial we could not overcome.
Today, we pay solemn tribute to America’s sons and daughters who made the ultimate sacrifice at Oahu. As we do, 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.The Congress, by Public Law 103-308, as amended, has designated December 7 of each year as “National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day.”
NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, do hereby proclaim December 7, 2012, as National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day. I encourage all Americans to observe this solemn day of remembrance and to honor our military, past and present, with appropriate ceremonies and activities. I urge all Federal agencies and interested organizations, groups, and individuals to fly the flag of the United States at half-staff this December 7 in honor of those American patriots who died as a result of their service at Pearl Harbor.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this sixth day of December, in the year of our Lord two thousand twelve, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-seventh.”
Thank you for reading and remembering. Coming up next on the Our Dad’s Flag show … perhaps a visit with Tonight Show’s Jay Leno and special visit to Ed Begley, Jr.? Tune in next week.