Today is Pearl Harbor Day

December 7, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Today is Dec. 7 and Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey is asking that all Alabamians lower our flags today in remembrance of the attack on Pearl Harbor, which precipitated the United States’ entry into World War II.

“At the request of the President, I am directing flags to be displayed at half-staff on Thursday, December 7, 2017, to honor and remember our military members who heroically fought at Pearl Harbor, on December 7, 1941,”  Ivey said. “Seventy-six years ago, Japanese fighter planes attacked the United States Naval Base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, destroying much of our Pacific Fleet and killing more than 2,400 Americans. The flags should remain lowered at half-staff until sunset on Thursday,”

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Pearl Harbor aftermath illustrates America’s exceptionalism

December 7, 2016

By Alabama State Auditor Jim Zeigler

“A day that will live in infamy.” Those words to the nation and the world by U.S. President Franklin Roosevelt were prophetic. On this 2016 commemoration of the Japanese attack on the U.S. at our Pearl Harbor facility, the world remembers.

Pearl Harbor should be cited as a shining example of American exceptionalism and benevolence. After being attacked in so cowardly a fashion, after the Japanese declared war on the U.S., and after winning a long and bloody war against Japan, the United States saved and rebuilt Japan. The people of Japan have had no better friend and helpmate than the former object of their attack, the United States.
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Alabama Leaders Remember ‘The Day that Will Live in Infamy.”

December 10, 2012

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Friday was December 7th. On that day 72 years ago Air aviators and submarines of the Japanese Imperial navy attacked the U.S. Navy base in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii by surprise. The one hour and fifty-five minute surprise aerial attack killed 2,335 U.S. Servicemen and wounded 1,143. 68 American civilians were also killed and 35 were wounded on that Sunday morning. All of the 8 battleships that were docked there that day were sunk. Six of those were later raised, repaired, reactivated and saw combat in the war that began on that day. The U.S.S. Arizona exploded when a Japanese bomb detonated inside the ship’s forward magazine. 1,100 of the dead were onboard the Arizona. The U.S.S. Arizona and the remains of many of those sailors and Marines are just beneath the waves of Pearl Harbor to this day.
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