State flags lowered for Pearl Harbor Day

Aerial View of Pearl Harbor

Gov. Bill Walker has ordered all state flags lowered on Thursday, Dec. 7, in remembrance of the attack on Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1041, and the more than 2,400 people who died there.

“I encourage all Alaskans to pause in remembrance of those whose lives were lost, and to pay homage to those who have served or currently serve in our nation’s military,” Walker said. “Reflecting on the loss and devastation of that day serves as a vivid reminder of the exceptional service and selfless sacrifice our armed service people make every day, risking their lives to shield our nation from harm, and preserving our founding principles and liberties.”

On that day 76 years ago, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt declared Dec. 7, 1941 as “a date that will live in infamy,” and it has stood as a solemn day of tribute ever since, Walker said.