Gov. Rick Scott has ordered flags Sunday for both the United States and Florida to be flown at half mast in honor of National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day.
“On Sunday, Dec. 7, we will remember and honor the 2,400 American lives that were lost during the sudden attack on Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941,” said Scott, himself a U.S. Navy veteran, in a release. “This somber and reflective day remains significant to our nation’s preserved independence and identity. May we never forget this time in history, and the sacrifices that were made on freedom’s behalf.”
The day commemorates the anniversary of Japan’s surprise attack in Hawaii that crippled American Naval forces, and would directly lead the United States into World War II. In his proclamation, Scott said “the brave men and women of the United States Armed Forces are remembered for their courage, selfless dedication and sacrifice during World War II.”
“To our military and veterans, we sincerely thank you for your sacrifice and commitment,” Scott said. “We will continue to keep your bravery and sacrifice in our hearts and minds as we continue to support those who serve to protect our nation’s freedom.”