Proclaimed AnnuallyEach year, the President of the United States issues a proclamation in which he asks that December 7, Pearl Harbor Day, be observed "with appropriate ceremonies and activities" and that the U.S. flag be only raised to half mast for the day.
Despite Pearl Harbor Day being declared annually by the President, it is not a federal holiday. Schools, banks, and businesses remain open.
It is a day, however, in which people take a moment to remember the shock and devastation wrought by the Japanese during their surprise attack on Pearl Harbor.
It is a day to listen to survivor stories, to learn more about the attack, and to remember the 2,403 Americans who died during those terrible 110 minutes.