MADISON — Gov. Tony Evers signed Executive Order #145 ordering the flags of the United States and the state of Wisconsin to be flown at half-staff on Tues., Dec. 7, 2021, in honor of National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day.
“While decades have passed since the attack on Pearl Harbor, the impact of this day has continued to live on throughout history and still today,” said Gov. Evers. “Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day is an opportunity to thank our veterans and pay respects to those who have known the true cost of freedom. We honor their memory and their legacy.”
Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day is recognized each year in Wisconsin, and throughout the United States, to honor World War II veterans and commemorate those brave service members who lost their lives in the attack on Pearl Harbor. On Dec. 7, 1941, Japanese fighter aircrafts attacked American Armed Forces at the United States Naval Base in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. This event, which marked the United States’ entrance into World War II, claimed the lives more than 2,400 Americans and wounded another 1,000. Congress has since declared Dec. 7th as National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day to commemorate this solemn occasion, and this year, 2021, marks the 80th anniversary of the attack. Today, the state of Wisconsin honors veterans and service members, including the 4,399 World War II veterans living in Wisconsin, and carries forward the debt of gratitude for the brave and selfless individuals who have served and continue to serve in the United States Armed Forces.
In addition to signing Executive Order #145, Gov. Evers proclaimed Dec. 7, 2021, as “Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day.” A copy of the governor’s “Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day” proclamation is available here.
Executive Order #145 will be in effect from sunrise to sunset on Tues., Dec. 7, 2021, and is available here.