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Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day Proclaimed by Gov., Honors 70th Anniversary
Press Release
Dec. 6, 2011
SALEM Governor John Kitzhaber, M.D., has signed a proclamation designating Dec. 7, 2011 as Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day in Oregon.
The day marks the 70th anniversary of the surprise attack on Pearl Harbor by the armed forces of Imperial Japan – the action that prompted the United States entry into World War II. 
The Director of the Oregon Department of Veterans’ Affairs, Jim Willis, said we must never forget the lessons of Pearl Harbor nor the courage and determination of the American people to ultimately triumph following such tragedy. 
“No one will ever forget what President Roosevelt called ‘a date which will live in infamy.’ As Oregonians we again pay tribute to those who died that day and we acknowledge all veterans who have served and given their lives for our country,” Willis said.  
“Our continued support of today’s U.S. servicemen and women helps to ensure that the sacrifices made by previous generations are not without purpose.”
The attack on Pearl Harbor by nearly 300 Japanese aircraft killed more than 2,200 military personnel and wounded more than 1,100.  Sixty-eight civilians were killed and 103 wounded. Additionally, 20 naval ships were sunk or damaged, and 169 aircraft were destroyed.
Today in Oregon it is estimated that there are more than 70 Pearl Harbor survivors still living. More than 408,000 Americans lost their lives during World War II including over 3,575 Oregonians.  By war’s end in 1945, some 16 million men and women had served in the United States Armed Forces.
The Congress, by Public Law 103-308, as amended, has designated Dec. 7 of every year as “National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day.”  President Obama and the governor have ordered flags be flown at half-staff on Dec. 7th.

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