A Proclamation on National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, 2023

A Proclamation on National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, 2023

The White House
82 years ago today, 2403 service members and civilians lost their lives in a brutal and unprovoked attack on our armed forces. On National Pearl Harbor Memorial Day, we remember the men and women who gave their ultimate sacrifice for our nation. We pay tribute to the brave service members who – with the horrors of Pearl Harbor weighing on their hearts and the hopes of humanity on their shoulders – defended freedom against the forces of fascism during World War II. Answered the demand.

Stories of the ultimate courage and determination of the Greatest Generation continue to inspire an enduring sense of unity and purpose throughout our nation. They remind us that, in our darkest moments, we have the power to turn the arc of history toward a freer and more just future. They remind us that, out of death, destruction and division, we can build a better world—one based on peace and security. They remind us that the forces of tyranny and terror are no match for the flame of freedom that burns in the hearts of free people everywhere. Above all, they remind us that every generation can—and must—defeat democracy’s mortal enemies.

Together, we must continue to answer this call. We must continue to honor our sacred responsibility to care for our service members. Veterans and their families, caregivers, and survivors — including our World War II veterans, who braved and risked everything for our country. With bipartisan support in Congress, my administration is fulfilling that responsibility—including now welcoming all World War II veterans to enroll in Veterans Affairs health care services, regardless of length of service or financial status. instead of.

As we pay tribute to the patriots who died on that tragic day 82 years ago and to the servicemen who defended democracy in the days and years that followed, let us pray for a better future for humanity, a greater Advance their mission of creating dignity, opportunity, And security for all. Let’s remember that we are the United States of America—and nothing is beyond our ability if we do this together.

Congress, by Public Law 103-308, as amended, has designated December 7 of each year as “National Pearl Harbor Memorial Day.” Today, let us remember those patriots who were wounded and who died on December 7, 1941, and continue to fulfill our sacred responsibility to care for our servicemen; Veterans and their families, caregivers, and survivors.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Joseph R. Biden Jr., President of the United States of America, do hereby proclaim December 7, 2023, as National Pearl Harbor Memorial Day. I encourage all Americans to reflect on the courage of our brave service members on this day and remember their sacrifices. I ask all of us to give our deepest thanks and appreciation to the survivors of that unimaginable day. I urge all federal agencies, interested organizations, groups, and individuals to fly the United States flag at half-staff on December 7, 2023, in honor of the American patriots who died as a result of their service at Pearl Harbor. Wave on.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this sixth day of December, in the year of our Lord two thousand twenty-three, and of the independence of the United States of America the two hundred and forty-eighth.

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