Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day


WHEREAS, December 7, 2015, marks the 74th anniversary of the attack on the Pearl Harbor American Army and Naval Base in Hawaii; and

WHEREAS, on this day we remember the 2,403 Americans, including 44 Virginians, who lost their lives; and

WHEREAS, the Pearl Harbor Survivors Association (PHSA), which disbanded in 2011 after 53 years of service, served as an active voice against unwarranted acts of war and was dedicated to remembering and honoring fallen armed service men and women; and

WHEREAS, former members of the PHSA and community leaders in Virginia continue to honor the fallen each year at Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story Navy Base, the site for the Pearl Harbor Remembrance ceremony since the Pearl Harbor Memorial was dedicated in 1990; and

WHEREAS, this ceremony includes city officials, state delegates and Virginia congressional representatives, in addition to various local flag officers and members of all the armed services; and

WHEREAS, Virginians are encouraged to join in observance of this day and to recognize those who sacrificed their lives for our freedoms;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Terence R. McAuliffe, do hereby recognize December 7, 2015, as PEARL HARBOR REMEMBRANCE DAY in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.