Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day observed Dec. 7

Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day will be observed on Dec. 7 in Citrus County.

More than 2,000 Americans were killed, and more than 1,000 more were wounded during the Dec. 7, 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor, an incident that marked the entry of the United States into World War II.

On that date in history, which President Franklin D. Roosevelt called a "a date which will live in infamy"," the Imperial Japanese Navy and Air Force attacked units of the armed forces of the United States, stationed at Pearl Harbor Naval Base in Honolulu, Hawaii. This year marks the 72nd anniversary of that historic event.

The veterans of World War II in Citrus County, and their brothers and sisters throughout the county, commemorate December 7 each year following that incident, to remind themselves and their fellow Americans of the attack on Pearl Harbor, in an effort to instill in all people a greater understanding and appreciation of the selfless sacrifice of the individuals who served at Pearl Harbor, and who continued to distinguish themselves in the armed forces of the United States during World War II.

In a Nov. 19 proclamation, the county designated Dec. 7 as Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day in Citrus County.

The proclamation reads, in part, "The Board of County Commissioners urges all citizens to observe this special day each year with appropriate ceremonies and activities, and encourages all county agencies, organizations, and individuals to fly the Flag of the United States at half-staff on each December 7 in honor of the individuals who died as a result of their service at Pearl Harbor."