2003 Pearl Harbor Day Proclamation
This proclamation issued by United States President George W. Bush
declared December 7, 2003 to be National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day 2003.
Released by the Office of the United States Press Secretary
December 5, 2003
National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, 2003
A Proclamation By the President of the United States of America
More than 60 years ago, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt
told Americans that December 7, 1941, was "a date which will
live in infamy." On that morning, America was attacked without
warning and without provocation. More than 2,400 Americans died
and 1,100 were wounded. Our country was changed forever.
Following that attack, our citizens responded with the strength
and resolve that characterizes America in times of adversity,
and that same spirit and courage carried us to victory in World
War II. On National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, we honor the
lives lost in that attack and salute the veterans of World War II.
We also pay tribute to all those now serving America to advance
freedom around the world.
The USS ARIZONA Memorial in Honolulu, Hawaii, stands as a monument
to that ship's 1,177 crew members who died as a result of
the attack. Since the Memorial's dedication, more than 40 million
visitors have honored the heroism of these brave sailors and marines.
Laura and I had the opportunity to visit the Memorial in October
of this year. It is a fitting tribute to the lives lost in defense
of our freedom during the greatest global conflict in history.
America's liberty is sustained by the courage of the American
people. Every generation of Americans has answered the call to
protect the blessings of freedom and democracy. With the help of
our friends and allies, the brave men and women of our Armed Forces
are now engaged in a global war on terrorism. And as in the
aftermath of the terrible attack on Pearl Harbor, our Nation will
stay the course, and we will prevail.
The Congress, by Public Law 103-308, as amended, has designated
December 7, 2003, as "National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day."
NOW, THEREFORE, I, GEORGE W. BUSH, President of the United States
of America, do hereby proclaim December 7, 2003, as National
Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day. I encourage all Americans 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 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 three, and of the
Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and
GEORGE W. BUSH
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