Gov. Tom Wolf and Gov. Andrew Cuomo have ordered the U.S. and state flags on all state facilities to fly at half-staff from sunrise to sunset Monday, December 7, in honor of Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day.
“It is with heavy hearts that we remember the tragic events that occurred at Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, but we are also reminded of and inspired by the resilience, bravery and the indomitable fighting spirit of the Americans who gave their lives on that day,” Gov. Wolf said.
The commonwealth flag in Pennsylvania has flown at half-staff since Wednesday, March 11, in honor of the victims of the COVID-19 pandemic and will continue to fly at half-staff until further notice.
During the attack, more than 2,400 Americans were killed, including 40 New Yorkers. “Seventy-nine years ago, more than 2,400 brave souls were tragically lost during the attack on Pearl Harbor. We must never forget that day and how it forever altered our nation’s history. New Yorkers are eternally grateful to the men and women of our Armed Forces who have committed their lives to defending our nation, and as we thank them for all they do to keep us safe, we must also honor the sacrifice of those we have lost by upholding the ideals our nation was founded upon,” said Cuomo.