National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, 2009, 65381-65382 [E9-29515]

Download as PDF 65381 Presidential Documents Federal Register Vol. 74, No. 235 Wednesday, December 9, 2009 Title 3— Proclamation 8463 of December 4, 2009 The President National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, 2009 By the President of the United States of America A Proclamation President Franklin D. Roosevelt declared December 7, 1941, a ‘‘date which will live in infamy.’’ With over 3,500 Americans killed or wounded, the surprise attack by the Imperial Japanese on Pearl Harbor was an attempt to break the American will and destroy our Pacific Fleet. They succeeded in doing neither. On National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, we pay tribute to the brave men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country, and we honor all those who selflessly served our Nation at home and abroad during World War II. On a tranquil Sunday morning, as war raged around the globe, the attack on Pearl Harbor effectively ended American isolation—thrusting our Nation into action. Japanese airplanes had launched an unprovoked assault on our military with immense firepower, and our service members valiantly answered the call. They defended their positions, fought back against the attackers, and cared for the wounded. In that darkest hour, men and women who had considered themselves ordinary found within themselves the ability to do something extraordinary. And in the months and years that followed, Americans all across the country would respond to Pearl Harbor with firm resolve, many joining our Armed Forces to defend our shores and our freedom. This courage is not uncommon in the story of America—a story of heroes whose sacrifice and valor speak to their love of comrades and country; and whose goodness guides our quest for lasting peace. Today, and every day, we draw strength from the moment when the best among us defended an island and a Nation from the onslaught of tyranny, and forever altered the course of our history. The Congress, by Public Law 103–308, as amended, has designated December 7 of each year as ‘‘National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day.’’ WReier-Aviles on DSKGBLS3C1PROD with RULES5 NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, do hereby proclaim Monday, December 7, 2009, as National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day. I encourage all Americans to observe this solemn day of remembrance with appropriate ceremonies and activities. I urge all Federal agencies and interested organizations, groups, and individuals to fly the flag of the United States at half-staff this December 7 in honor of those American patriots who died as a result of their service at Pearl Harbor. VerDate Nov<24>2008 15:08 Dec 08, 2009 Jkt 220001 PO 00000 Frm 00003 Fmt 4705 Sfmt 4790 E:\FR\FM\09DED0.SGM 09DED0 65382 Federal Register / Vol. 74, No. 235 / Wednesday, December 9, 2009 / Presidential Documents IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this fourth day of December, in the year of our Lord two thousand nine, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-fourth. [FR Doc. E9–29515 Filed 12–8–09; 11:15 am] VerDate Nov<24>2008 15:08 Dec 08, 2009 Jkt 220001 PO 00000 Frm 00004 Fmt 4705 Sfmt 4790 E:\FR\FM\09DED0.SGM 09DED0 OB#1.EPS</GPH> WReier-Aviles on DSKGBLS3C1PROD with RULES5 Billing code 3195–W0–P

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[Federal Register Volume 74, Number 235 (Wednesday, December 9, 2009)]
[Presidential Documents]
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Proclamation 8463--National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, 2009


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Title 3--
The President

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                Proclamation 8463 of December 4, 2009

                
National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, 2009

                By the President of the United States of America

                A Proclamation

                President Franklin D. Roosevelt declared December 7, 
                1941, a ``date which will live in infamy.'' With over 
                3,500 Americans killed or wounded, the surprise attack 
                by the Imperial Japanese on Pearl Harbor was an attempt 
                to break the American will and destroy our Pacific 
                Fleet. They succeeded in doing neither. On National 
                Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, we pay tribute to the 
                brave men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice for 
                our country, and we honor all those who selflessly 
                served our Nation at home and abroad during World War 
                II.

                On a tranquil Sunday morning, as war raged around the 
                globe, the attack on Pearl Harbor effectively ended 
                American isolation--thrusting our Nation into action. 
                Japanese airplanes had launched an unprovoked assault 
                on our military with immense firepower, and our service 
                members valiantly answered the call. They defended 
                their positions, fought back against the attackers, and 
                cared for the wounded. In that darkest hour, men and 
                women who had considered themselves ordinary found 
                within themselves the ability to do something 
                extraordinary. And in the months and years that 
                followed, Americans all across the country would 
                respond to Pearl Harbor with firm resolve, many joining 
                our Armed Forces to defend our shores and our freedom.

                This courage is not uncommon in the story of America--a 
                story of heroes whose sacrifice and valor speak to 
                their love of comrades and country; and whose goodness 
                guides our quest for lasting peace. Today, and every 
                day, we draw strength from the moment when the best 
                among us defended an island and a Nation from the 
                onslaught of tyranny, and forever altered the course of 
                our history.

                The Congress, by Public Law 103-308, as amended, has 
                designated December 7 of each year as ``National Pearl 
                Harbor Remembrance Day.''

                NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the 
                United States of America, do hereby proclaim Monday, 
                December 7, 2009, as National Pearl Harbor Remembrance 
                Day. I encourage all Americans to observe this solemn 
                day of remembrance with appropriate ceremonies and 
                activities. I urge all Federal agencies and interested 
                organizations, groups, and individuals to fly the flag 
                of the United States at half-staff this December 7 in 
                honor of those American patriots who died as a result 
                of their service at Pearl Harbor.

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                IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this 
                fourth day of December, in the year of our Lord two 
                thousand nine, and of the Independence of the United 
                States of America the two hundred and thirty-fourth.
                
                
                    (Presidential Sig.)

[FR Doc. E9-29515
Filed 12-8-09; 11:15 am]
Billing code 3195-W0-P