National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, 2019

Federal Register, Volume 84 Issue 238 (Wednesday, December 11, 2019)
[Federal Register Volume 84, Number 238 (Wednesday, December 11, 2019)]
[Presidential Documents]
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[FR Doc No: 2019-26779]
                        Presidential Documents
Federal Register / Vol. 84 , No. 238 / Wednesday, December 11, 2019 /
Presidential Documents
Title 3--
The President
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                Proclamation 9971 of December 6, 2019

National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, 2019
                By the President of the United States of America
                A Proclamation
                Seventy-eight years ago today, the course of our
                Nation's history was forever altered by the surprise
                attack at Pearl Harbor on Oahu, Hawaii. On National
                Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, we solemnly remember the
                tragic events of that morning and honor those who
                perished in defense of our Nation that day and in the
                ensuing 4 years of war.
                Just before 8 a.m. on December 7, 1941, airplanes
                launched from the Empire of Japan's aircraft carriers
                dropped bombs and torpedoes from the sky, attacking our
                ships moored at Naval Station Pearl Harbor and other
                military assets around Oahu. Following this swift
                assault, the United States Pacific Fleet and most of
                the Army and Marine airfields on the island were left
                decimated. Most tragically, 2,335 American service
                members and 68 civilians were killed, marking that
                fateful day as one of the deadliest in our Nation's
                Despite the shock of the attack, American service
                members at Pearl Harbor fought back with extraordinary
                courage and resilience. Sprinting through a hailstorm
                of lead, pilots rushed to the few remaining planes and
                took to the skies to fend off the incoming Japanese
                attackers. Soldiers on the ground fired nearly 300,000
                rounds of ammunition and fearlessly rushed to the aid
                of their wounded brothers in arms. As a solemn
                testament to the heroism that abounded that day, 15
                American servicemen were awarded the Medal of Honor--10
                of which were awarded posthumously. In one remarkable
                act of bravery, Doris ``Dorie'' Miller, a steward
                aboard the USS West Virginia, manned a machine gun and
                successfully shot down multiple Japanese aircraft
                despite not having been trained to use the weapon. For
                his valor, Miller was awarded the Navy Cross and was
                the first African-American recognized with this honor.
                In the wake of this heinous attack, the United States
                was left stunned and wounded. Yet the dauntless resolve
                of the American people remained unwavering and
                unbreakable. In his address to the Congress the
                following day, broadcast to the Nation over radio,
                President Franklin Delano Roosevelt assured us that
                ``[w]ith confidence in our armed forces, with the
                unbounding determination of our people, we will gain
                the inevitable triumph.'' In the days, months, and
                years that followed, the full might of the American
                people, industry, and military was brought to bear on
                our enemies. Across the Atlantic and Pacific, 16
                million American servicemen and women fought to
                victory, making the world safe for freedom and
                democracy once again. More than 400,000 of these brave
                men and women never returned home, giving their last
                full measure of devotion for our Nation.
                While nearly eight decades have passed since the last
                sounds of battle rang out over Pearl Harbor, we will
                never forget the immeasurable sacrifices these
                courageous men and women made so that we may live today
                in peace and prosperity. We continue to be inspired by
                the proud legacy left by the brave patriots of the
                Greatest Generation who served in every capacity during
                World War II, from keeping factories operating on the
                home front to fighting on the battlefields in Europe,
                North Africa, and the South Pacific. Their incredible
                heroism, dedication to duty, and love of country
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                continue to embolden our drive to create a better world
                and galvanize freedom-loving people everywhere under a
                common cause. On this day, we resolve forever to keep
                the memory of the heroes of Pearl Harbor alive as a
                testament to the tremendous sacrifices they made in
                defense of freedom and all that we hold dear.
                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, DONALD J. TRUMP, President of the
                United States of America, do hereby proclaim December
                7, 2019, 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 in honor of those American
                patriots who died as a result of their service at Pearl
                IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this
                sixth day of December, in the year of our Lord two
                thousand nineteen, and of the Independence of the
                United States of America the two hundred and forty-

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