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Pearl Harbor Day

A Day Proclaimed by the President to Remember the Attack on Pearl Harbor


A picture of a Pearl Harbor survivor and a U.S. marine talking during Pearl Harbor Day.

U.S. Marine Dwight Hanson talks to Pearl Harbor survivor John Latko during a memorial service for 69th anniversary of the attack on the U.S. naval base at Pearl Harbor on the island of Oahu on December 7, 2010 in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.

(Photo by Kent Nishimura/Getty Images)
Pearl Harbor Day, also known as as National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, is celebrated each year on December 7. Pearl Harbor Day is a day to remember the attack on Pearl Harbor, which occurred on December 7, 1941.

Proclaimed Annually

Each 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.

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