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Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day in Oregon Honors 65th Anniversary of the AttackSalem-News.com
In conjunction with a national day of remembrance, Governor Ted Kulongoski has signed a proclamation that designates December 7th as Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day in Oregon
(SALEM) - This year marks the 65th anniversary of the surprise attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii by the military forces of Japan–an action that prompted the United States to declare war on the Japanese and enter World War II.
Jim Willis, the Director of the Oregon Department of Veterans’ Affairs, said the lesson of Pearl Harbor is as important today as it was 65 years ago.
“We must never forget the courage and determination of the American people to ultimately triumph following such a tragedy. On that ‘date which will live in infamy’, all who died or were injured put country before self,” Willis said. “Americans remember Pearl Harbor so that the strength and character of its veterans will continue to live in our hearts. Our support of today’s U.S. servicemen and women helps to ensure that the sacrifices made by previous generations are not without purpose.”
The attack on Pearl Harbor by nearly 300 Japanese aircraft, killed 2,400 military personnel and wounded more than 1,100. Sixty-eight civilians were killed and 103 wounded. Additionally, 20 naval ships were sunk or damaged, and 169 aircraft were destroyed.
In Oregon there are an estimated 100-130 Pearl Harbor survivors. More than 500,000 Americans lost their lives during World War II including over 2,800 Oregonians. By war’s end in 1945, some 16 million men and women had served in the United States Armed Forces.
The Congress, by Public Law 103-308, as amended, has designated December 7th of every year as “National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day.” President George W. Bush has urged all Federal agencies, interested organizations, groups, and individuals to fly the flag of the United States at half-staff on December 7th.
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