The governors of Nebraska and Iowa are reminding us to fly our flags at half-staff Friday in observance of Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day.
Nebraska Governor Dave Heineman says lowering the flag is a way to remember the victims and honor the heroes of Pearl Harbor. Congress has designated December 7th as National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day and each year the president signs a proclamation ordering flags to be flown at half-staff.
Iowa Governor Terry Branstad says flags will be at half-staff on the State Capitol Building and on flag displays in the Capitol Complex, and upon all public buildings, grounds, and facilities throughout the state. Individuals, businesses, schools, municipalities, counties and other government subdivisions are encouraged to fly the flag at half-staff for the same length of time as a sign of respect.
The December 7, 1941 surprise attack by Japan on the U.S. Navy base at Pearl Harbor in Hawaii claimed some 2,400 American lives and pushed the U.S. into World War II.