National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, 2016, 89355-89356 [2016-29808]

Download as PDF 89355 Presidential Documents Federal Register Vol. 81, No. 237 Friday, December 9, 2016 Title 3— Proclamation 9551 of December 6, 2016 The President National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, 2016 By the President of the United States of America A Proclamation Seventy-five years ago, Japanese fighter planes attacked the United States Naval Base at Pearl Harbor, destroying much of our Pacific Fleet and killing more than 2,400 Americans. The following day, President Franklin D. Roosevelt called on the Congress to declare war and ‘‘make it very certain that this form of treachery shall never again endanger us.’’ In that spirit, Americans came together to pay tribute to the victims, support the survivors, and shed the comforts of civilian life to serve in our military and fight for our Union. Each year on National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, we honor those whose lives were forever changed that December morning and resolve to uphold the legacy of all who stepped forward in our time of need. From the docks of Pearl Harbor to the beaches of Normandy and far around the world, brave patriots served their country and defended the values that have sustained our Nation since its founding. They went to war for liberty and sacrificed more than most of us will ever know; they chased victory and defeated fascism, turning adversaries into allies and writing a new chapter in our history. Through their service and unparalleled devotion, they inspired a generation with their refusal to give in despite overwhelming odds. And as we reflect on the profound debt of gratitude we owe them for the freedoms we cherish, we are reminded of the everlasting responsibilities we have to one another and to our country. In memory of all who lost their lives on December 7, 1941—and those who responded by leaving their homes for the battlefields—we must ensure the sacrifices they made in the name of liberty and democracy were not made in vain. On this solemn anniversary, there can be no higher tribute to these American patriots than forging a united commitment to honor our troops and veterans, give them the support and care they deserve, and carry on their work of keeping our country strong and free. The Congress, by Public Law 103–308, as amended, has designated December 7 of each year as ‘‘National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day.’’ mstockstill on DSK3G9T082PROD with D0 NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, do hereby proclaim December 7, 2016, as National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day. I encourage all Americans to observe this solemn day of remembrance and to honor our military, past and present, 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 halfstaff this December 7 in honor of those American patriots who died as a result of their service at Pearl Harbor. VerDate Sep<11>2014 19:30 Dec 08, 2016 Jkt 241001 PO 00000 Frm 00003 Fmt 4705 Sfmt 4790 E:\FR\FM\09DED0.SGM 09DED0 89356 Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 237 / Friday, December 9, 2016 / Presidential Documents IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this sixth day of December, in the year of our Lord two thousand sixteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and forty-first. [FR Doc. 2016–29808 Filed 12–8–16; 11:15 am] VerDate Sep<11>2014 19:30 Dec 08, 2016 Jkt 241001 PO 00000 Frm 00004 Fmt 4705 Sfmt 4790 E:\FR\FM\09DED0.SGM 09DED0 OB#1.EPS</GPH> mstockstill on DSK3G9T082PROD with D0 Billing code 3295–F7–P

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[Federal Register Volume 81, Number 237 (Friday, December 9, 2016)]
[Presidential Documents]
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From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2016-29808]



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Vol. 81

Friday,

No. 237

December 9, 2016

Part V





The President





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Proclamation 9551--National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, 2016


                        Presidential Documents 



Federal Register / Vol. 81 , No. 237 / Friday, December 9, 2016 / 
Presidential Documents

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Title 3--
The President

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                Proclamation 9551 of December 6, 2016

                
National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, 2016

                By the President of the United States of America

                A Proclamation

                Seventy-five years ago, Japanese fighter planes 
                attacked the United States Naval Base at Pearl Harbor, 
                destroying much of our Pacific Fleet and killing more 
                than 2,400 Americans. The following day, President 
                Franklin D. Roosevelt called on the Congress to declare 
                war and ``make it very certain that this form of 
                treachery shall never again endanger us.'' In that 
                spirit, Americans came together to pay tribute to the 
                victims, support the survivors, and shed the comforts 
                of civilian life to serve in our military and fight for 
                our Union. Each year on National Pearl Harbor 
                Remembrance Day, we honor those whose lives were 
                forever changed that December morning and resolve to 
                uphold the legacy of all who stepped forward in our 
                time of need.

                From the docks of Pearl Harbor to the beaches of 
                Normandy and far around the world, brave patriots 
                served their country and defended the values that have 
                sustained our Nation since its founding. They went to 
                war for liberty and sacrificed more than most of us 
                will ever know; they chased victory and defeated 
                fascism, turning adversaries into allies and writing a 
                new chapter in our history. Through their service and 
                unparalleled devotion, they inspired a generation with 
                their refusal to give in despite overwhelming odds. And 
                as we reflect on the profound debt of gratitude we owe 
                them for the freedoms we cherish, we are reminded of 
                the everlasting responsibilities we have to one another 
                and to our country.

                In memory of all who lost their lives on December 7, 
                1941--and those who responded by leaving their homes 
                for the battlefields--we must ensure the sacrifices 
                they made in the name of liberty and democracy were not 
                made in vain. On this solemn anniversary, there can be 
                no higher tribute to these American patriots than 
                forging a united commitment to honor our troops and 
                veterans, give them the support and care they deserve, 
                and carry on their work of keeping our country strong 
                and free.

                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 December 
                7, 2016, as National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day. I 
                encourage all Americans to observe this solemn day of 
                remembrance and to honor our military, past and 
                present, 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 
                sixth day of December, in the year of our Lord two 
                thousand sixteen, and of the Independence of the United 
                States of America the two hundred and forty-first.
                
                
                    (Presidential Sig.)

[FR Doc. 2016-29808
Filed 12-8-16; 11:15 am]
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