2005 Pearl Harbor Day Proclamation
This proclamation issued by United States President George W. Bush
declared December 7, 2005 to be National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day 2005.
Released by the Office of the United States Press Secretary
November 28, 2005
National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, 2005
A Proclamation by the President of the United States of America
On National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, we pray for those lost
on December 7, 1941, and we honor the courage of a generation of
Americans who devoted themselves to one of the great missions in
our country's history. After the surprise attack on Pearl Harbor
took more than 2,400 American lives, millions of our citizens
answered the call to defend our liberty, and the world witnessed
the power of freedom to overcome tyranny.
Liberty's ultimate triumph was far from clear in the early days of
World War II. When our country was attacked at Pearl Harbor,
America was emerging from the Great Depression, and several nations
had larger armies than the United States. In Asia and Europe,
country after country had fallen before the armies of militaristic
tyrants. However, the brave and determined men and women of our
Nation maintained their faith in the power of freedom and democracy.
They fought and won a world war against two of the most ruthless
regimes the world has ever known. In the years since those victories,
the power of freedom and democracy has transformed America's
enemies in World War II into close friends.
Today, our goal is to continue to spread freedom and democracy and
to secure a more peaceful world for our children and grandchildren.
We are grateful to the men and women who are defending our flag and
our freedom in the first war of the 21st century. These patriots are
protecting our country and our way of life by upholding the tradition
of honor, bravery, and integrity demonstrated by those who fought
for our Nation in World War II. The service and sacrifice of our
World War II veterans continue to inspire people across our country,
and we remain deeply grateful for all that these heroes have done
for the cause of freedom.
The Congress, by Public Law 103-308, as amended, has designated
December 7 of each year as "National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day."
NOW, THEREFORE, I, GEORGE W. BUSH, President of the United States
of America, do hereby proclaim December 7, 2005, 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 twenty eighth
day of November, in the year of our Lord two thousand five, and of
the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred
GEORGE W. BUSH
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