Flags in Connecticut will remain at half-staff on Monday in recognition of Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day.
Gov. Dannel Malloy said the national observance honors the lives lost in the attack on Pearl Harbor, HI on Dec. 7, 1941.
"On this day, we recognize the extraordinary sacrifices of all who served in Pearl Harbor nearly 75 years ago, in addition to the over 2,400 people - both military and civilian - who lost their lives in the attack," Malloy said. "This day of remembrance is also an opportunity to thank all of those who served our country during World War II, courageously responding to the call of duty."
Malloy also said we are grateful to all who serve in our military to protect our freedoms and stand up for democracy.
"After the devastation wrought at Pearl Harbor, this country coalesced around our military men and women in a way that is distinctly American," said Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman. "To this day, the greatest generation reminds us that we are all obligated to serve in defense of our democracy and our freedoms."
On Dec. 7, 1941, then President Franklin Roosevelt called the day "a date which will live in infamy."
Japanese planes attacked the U.S. naval base at Pearl Harbor. In addition to the thousands of American lives lost, the attack sank or beached 12 ships, according to The Library of Congress.
Flags are also currently at half-staff with a proclamation issued last week by President Barack Obama to honor the victims of the mass shooting in San Bernardino, CA.
The proclamation applies to both state and U.S. flags. They're to remain at half-staff until sunset on Monday.
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