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cs
12-07-2010, 11:54 AM
Just recieved this e-mail through channels.



For Immediate Release December 07, 2010
Presidential Proclamation--National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day

Nearly 70 years ago, on December 7, 1941, our service members and civilians
awoke on a quiet Sunday to a surprise attack on Pearl Harbor by Japanese
forces. Employing whatever weapons were at hand, those who defended Hawaii
that fateful morning stand as examples of the selfless heroism that has
always characterized the Armed Forces of the United States. More than 3,500
Americans were killed or wounded, and the images of burning battleships and
the grief for lives lost were forever seared into our national memory.

The deadly attack on Pearl Harbor did not accomplish its mission of
breaking the American spirit. Instead, it reinforced our resolve.
Americans responded with unity and courage to a tragedy that President
Franklin D. Roosevelt called "a date which will live in infamy." In the
aftermath of Pearl Harbor, thousands of resolute individuals immediately
volunteered their service to a grieving Nation. Sixteen million of
America's sons and daughters served during World War II, and more than
400,000 paid the ultimate sacrifice in defense of life and liberty.
Countless other patriots served on the home front, aiding the war effort by
working in manufacturing plants, participating in rationing programs, or
planting Victory gardens. In the face of great loss, America once again
showed the resilience and strength that have always characterized our great
country.

The Allied Forces battled the scourge of tyranny and ultimately spread the
transformative march of freedom. As we recognize the 65th anniversary of
the end of World War II this year, we honor not only those who gave their
lives that December day, but also all those in uniform who travelled to
distant theaters of war to halt the progression of totalitarianism and hate.
In honor of all who have borne the cost of battle throughout America's
history, let us pledge to meet our debt of honor and uphold the ideals they
fought to preserve.

The Congress, by Public Law 103 308, as amended, has designated December 7
of each year as "National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day."

NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America,
do hereby proclaim December 7, 2010, as National Pearl Harbor Remembrance
Day. I encourage all Americans to observe this solemn day of remembrance
and to honor our military, past and present, with appropriate ceremonies and
activities. I urge all Federal agencies and interested organizations,
groups, and individuals to fly the flag of the United States at half staff
this December 7 in honor of those American patriots who died as a result of
their service at Pearl Harbor.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this seventh day of
December, in the year of our Lord two thousand ten, and of the Independence
of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-fifth.

BARACK OBAMA


Chad

Phillip Allen
12-07-2010, 11:55 AM
already got one

John of Phoenix
12-07-2010, 12:47 PM
I had a client, a Navy Captain, who was Pearl Harbor survivor. Passed several years ago.

Henry Surface - helluva a guy. <Salute>

Phillip Allen
12-07-2010, 12:51 PM
had breakfast with a guy (quartermaster) who was on the ST. Lo at Lati Gulf (last month)...he was very forthcoming...left the ship with the Captain who was the last to leave