Governor Encourages Michigan Residents to Fly Flags Half-Staff Tuesday in Honor of Pearl Harbor Day

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

December 6, 2010

LANSING - Governor Jennifer M. Granholm today encouraged Michigan citizens across the state to observe Pearl Harbor Day on Tuesday, December 7, by lowering flags to half-staff and remembering those who lost their lives in the attack on Pearl Harbor December 7, 1941.  Flags should be returned to full-staff Wednesday, December 8. 

"On Pearl Harbor Day, we honor the lives lost in the attack 69 years ago and remember that today we enjoy freedom thanks to those supreme sacrifices," Granholm said.  "We also salute the brave men and women currently stationed around the world, including those fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan, who are defending and protecting the freedom our nation holds so dear." 

In December 2005, Granholm signed Executive Order 2005-27 ordering the flag of the United States of America be flown half-staff on all state buildings and facilities throughout Michigan on Pearl Harbor Day each December 7.  Procedures for flag lowering, including on Pearl Harbor Day, were detailed by Governor Granholm in Executive Order 2006-10.  The Legislature officially recognized the sacrifice of the servicemen and servicewomen who gave their lives at Pearl Harbor by enacting Public Act 157 of 2000, which declares that December 7 of each year be known as Pearl Harbor Day in the state. 

On the morning of December 7, 1941, the Armed Forces of the United State of America stationed at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, were attacked by the air and naval forces of Imperial Japan.  The attack claimed the lives of 2,334 servicemen and servicewomen and wounded another 1,143. 

When flown at half-staff or half-mast, the United States flag should be hoisted first to the peak for an instant and then lowered to the half-staff or half-mast position.  The flag should again be raised to the peak before it is lowered for the day. 

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