Gov. Evers orders flags to be flown at half-staff for Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day

MADISON, Wis. (CBS 58) -- "Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day" has been proclaimed in Wisconsin on Wednesday, Dec. 7.

"Yesterday, Dec. 7, 1941,  a date which will live in infamy, the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan."

Those words were stated by President Franklin D. Roosevelt the day after the attack on Pearl Harbor, and over 80 years later, the events during that act of aggression are still remembered with reverence.

Gov. Tony Evers signed Executive Order #179 which calls for U.S. and Wisconsin state flags to be flown at half-staff in honor of National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day.

In a statement to the public, Gov. Evers noted the importance of remembering "the heroism, sacrifice and valor that were exhibited that day and every day since by generations of veterans and service members."

He added, "Each year, as a state and nation, we recognize Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day to honor the 2,403 lives lost, including 54 servicemembers from Wisconsin, in the attack on Pearl Harbor and to reflect on the service of the more than 330,000 Wisconsinites who served in World War II."

The flags will be flown at half-staff statewide from sunrise to sunset.

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