2001 Pearl Harbor Day Proclamation
This proclamation issued by United States President George W. Bush
declared December 7, 2001 to be National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day 2001.
Released by the Office of the United States Press Secretary
December 7, 2001
National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day Proclamation
A Proclamation By the President of the United States of America
On the morning of December 7, 1941, America was attacked without
warning at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, by the air and naval forces of
Imperial Japan. More than 2,400 people perished and another 1,100
were wounded, triggering our entry into World War II.
Today, we honor those killed 60 years ago and those who survived
to fight on other fronts in the four succeeding years of world war.
We also remember the millions of brave Americans who answered our
country's call to the battlefield, to the factory, and to the farm,
remembering Pearl Harbor by their deeds, their devotion to duty, and
their willingness to fight for freedom. The attack at Pearl Harbor
fired the American spirit with a determination that freedom would not
fall to tyranny; and the United States and its allies fought to
victory, preserving a world in which democracy could grow. The
tragedy of December 7, 1941, remains seared upon our collective
national memory, a recollection that serves not just as a symbol
of American military valor and American resolve, but also as a
reminder of the presence of evil in the world and the need to remain
ever vigilant against it.
Now, another date will forever stand alongside
December 7 -- September 11, 2001. On that day, our people and our way of
life again were brutally and suddenly attacked, though not by a complex
military maneuver, but by the surreptitious wiles of evil terrorists
who took cruel and heartless advantage of the freedoms guaranteed by
our Nation. Their target was not chiefly our military, but innocent
civilians. We fight now to defend freedom, secure civilization,
and ensure the survival of our American way of life.
As we fight to defend what we believe is right, we remember the sacrifice
of those who have gone before us -- not only the heroes of Pearl Harbor
but all the men and women of the greatest of generations who defeated
tyranny. We are grateful for their service, and honor it by pledging
to do our best to secure for our children, our grandchildren, and all
of posterity the continuing blessings of liberty.
The Congress, by Public Law 103-308, as amended, has designated
December 7, 2001, as "National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day."
NOW, THEREFORE, I, GEORGE W. BUSH, President of the United States of
America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution
and laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim December 7, 2001, as
National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day. I call upon the people of the
United States to observe this solemn occasion with appropriate
ceremonies and activities. I urge all Federal agencies, interested
organizations, groups, and individuals to fly the flag of the United
States at half-staff this and every December 7 in honor of those who
died as a result of their service at Pearl Harbor.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this fifth day of
December, in the year of our Lord two thousand one, and of the Independence
of the United States of America the two hundred and twenty-sixth.
GEORGE W. BUSH
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