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Flags at half staff to commemorate Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day

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United States and Missouri State flags will be flown and half staff on all state and local government buildings on Monday, Dec. 7 to commemorate the 2,403 men and women killed and 1,178 wounded during the Japanese aerial attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, on December 7, 1941.

A 1996 state law designates the date as Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day and directs that on that day, U.S. and State of Missouri flags be flown at half staff by all state agencies and political subdivisions of the state.

"Seventy years ago, World War II ended with the surrender on the deck of the USS Missouri," Governor Nixon said. "Today, our state's namesake battleship stands silent watch over the U.S.S. Arizona Memorial at Pearl Harbor, where America was drawn into the war.  The lowered flags on Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day remind us of the sacrifices that have been made by our men and women in uniform throughout many generations to guard our nation, including the sacrifices of those who are serving now."

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