The flags on all state and local government buildings in Missouri will be flown at half-staff on Wednesday, Dec. 7 to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941, Gov. Jay Nixon said today. A 1996 state law designates the date as Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day and directs that on that day, flags be flown at half-staff by all state agencies and political subdivisions of the state.

“On a December morning 75 years ago, the United States was plunged into war through an attack that cost the lives of more than 2,000 Americans,” Gov. Nixon said. “In addition to honoring their memory, we also must never forget the call answered by so many brave Americans in the days following the attack, nor the depth of their patriotism and courage throughout the war. All these years later, this day of remembrance serves to remind us of the enormous sacrifice made by those in our military in defending our freedom and values.”