Governor orders flags lowered for Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day

Posted: Friday, December 07, 2001

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Gov. Tony Knowles ordered Alaska flags lowered to half-staff Friday for Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day.

''On Pearl Harbor Day, we honor and remember the sacrifices of American men and women who gave so much to preserve the freedom so many of us take for granted,'' Knowles said. ''We must not forget the high cost that has been paid for our freedom and these people to whom we owe an enormous debt of gratitude.''

The surprise attack in Hawaii on Dec. 7, 1941 killed or injured more than 3,000 Americans and marked the entry of the United States into World War II.

In 1995, the state officially recognized Dec. 7 as Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day. Knowles will mark the occasion by honoring Pearl Harbor survivors at the American Legion Jack Henry Post No. 1 in Anchorage.

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