SALT LAKE CITY, Utah, Dec. 6, 2017 (Gephardt Daily) — Utah Governor Gary R. Herbert has requested the lowering of the Flag of the United States of America and the Flag of the State of Utah Thursday in honor of National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day.
“Today is one of our country’s most sacred days of remembrance,” Herbert said in a prepared statement. “We owe so much to the Greatest Generation, many of whom gave everything in defense our nation and world.
“We owe special gratitude to the veterans of WWII, who bravely defended liberty and opposed the dark forces of nationalism and hatred that threatened to sweep the world.”
Herbert said he met some WWII veterans in Washington, D.C., recently.
“I was humbled to stand alongside a number of these veterans when I had the great honor of joining them in Washington D.C. at the WWII Memorial as part of Utah Honor Flight this fall. Their strength and dedication were truly inspiring. On this day, we honor their memory and give thanks for their service and sacrifice.”
Herbert’s statement said he encouraged ” … all individuals, businesses, schools and groups to fly these flags at half-staff at all state facilities from sunrise to sunset on Thurs., Dec. 7, 2017 only.”
National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day is observed every Dec. 7 to honor the 2,403 U.S. citizens killed in the Japanese surprise attack on Hawaii’s Pearl Harbor on that date in 1941.