NATIONAL PEARL HARBOR REMEMBRANCE DAY 2014

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What comes to your mind when you hear the word Pearl Harbor? Beautiful beaches and Hula girls dressed in grass skirts? Or the thousands of men, women and children who were killed in one of the most devastating attacks in American history? National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day is a solemn day observed to commemorate the attack on Pearl Harbor and honor the survivors and those who were killed in the attack.

National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day 2014

National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day 2014 will occur on Sunday, December 7, 2014.

National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day is observed every year on the 7th of December.

National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day Origin

National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day is also called Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day or Pearl Harbor Day. The US Congress designated the 7th of December as National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day on August 23, 1994. On this day, the Flag of the United States is traditionally flown until sunset at half-staff to honor the dead patriots.

National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day is observed to remember and give honor to those who were killed in the attack on Pearl Harbor on the 7th of December, 1941. On Sunday morning that day, the forces of the Empire of Japan attacked America’s naval base in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. This incident killed more than 2, 400 Americans and wounded more than 1,100. Four U.S. Navy battleships sank and four more were damaged. One minelayer, 3 cruisers, 3 destroyers, and 188 aircraft were also damaged.

The next day, the U.S. declared war on Japan and entered World War II. In a Congress speech, President Roosevelt stated that the attack on Pearl Harbor is a ‘date which will live in infamy’.

National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day Observance

To commemorate the attack on Pearl Harbor:

1)      The US flag is displayed on the homes of Americans and all US government buildings. The flag is flown half-mast to honor American patriots.

2)      Associations linked to the Pearl Harbor survivors and patriots participate in special services.

3)      Memorial services are held at USS Arizona Memorial in Pearl Harbor.

4)      Wreath-laying ceremonies, keynote speeches, luncheons and media stories on survivors’ recollections are also held. A moment of silence at 7:55 am is observed, the exact time of the bombing in 1941.

5)      Students are educated about the attack on Pearl Harbor in school activities.

6)      People can also participate in the commemoration by reading books or watching documentaries and movies about Pearl Harbor.

National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day 2015

National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day 2014 will be celebrated on Monday, December 7, 2014.

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