Today is National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, recalling December 7, 1941, when the Japanese attack on American military bases in Hawaii brought the United States into World War II.
All flags are to be flown at half-staff from midnight Tuesday night to midnight Wednesday night. Citizens are also encouraged to observe appropriate ceremonies and activities in appreciation of the sacrifices of all those who served in World War II.
Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts issued a statement for the day that says “81 years ago, Americans united in response to Imperial Japan’s surprise attack at our naval station in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.”
Ricketts goes on to remind everyone that the attack on Pearl Harbor motivated Americans of all backgrounds to come together to defend our homeland and the freedoms we hold dear.
An estimated 2,335 military personnel were killed in the attack – 2,008 in the Navy, 109 Marines, and 218 members of the Army – along with 68 civilians.
Ricketts says those who died serving our country on December 7, 1941, will never be forgotten.”