Proclamation: Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day
WHEREAS, December 7, 2011, marks the 70th anniversary of the attack on the United States at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii; and
WHEREAS, early on the morning of December 7, 1941, Pearl Harbor was attacked without warning in a bombing raid that killed more than 2,400 Americans and wounded an additional 1,100, spurring the entry of the United States into World War II; and
WHEREAS, against great odds, the men and women of the United States Armed Forces rallied with immense strength, and their courageous sacrifices saved countless lives, secured our great nation, and strengthened our morale and spirits. Moreover, their heroic stories have since inspired generations of Americans; and
WHEREAS, the attack on Pearl Harbor, a day that has since lived in infamy, serves as a reminder of the military vigilance and preparedness which our nation must maintain in the face of great adversity. Our liberty is sustained by the courage of the American people, and every generation of Americans has answered the call to protect our democracy, freedoms, and way of life; and
WHEREAS, today, we pause to honor those who fought and those who made the ultimate sacrifice that morning. Americans owe a debt of gratitude to the brave men and women who defended Pearl Harbor, as well as to all those who have answered duty’s call in defense of our great nation.
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT HEREBY PROCLAIMED that December 7, 2011 is the day set aside in Collin County as PEARL HARBOR REMEMBRANCE DAY and we ask all Collin County residents to remember our veterans for their bravery and heroism, and direct that the Collin County flag be flown at half-mast as a sign of respect and in memory of this day.