74th anniversary of Pearl Harbor Day

Today marks the 74th anniversary of the day that, according to President Franklin D. Roosevelt, “will live in infamy.”

On Dec. 7, 1941, the United States was plunged into World War II after military forces at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, were attacked by the Imperial Japanese Navy. More than 2,000 American citizens were killed while another 1,000 were injured.

No local veterans events are planned for today, according to the Atterbury-Bakalar Air Museum, the American Legion in Columbus and Bartholomew County Veteran Services.

In accordance with a presidential proclamation, Gov. Mike Pence has directed that flags at state facilities statewide be at half-staff today in honor of Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day. Flags should return to full staff at midnight. This notice overlaps the governor’s previous directive to lower flags to half-staff to honor the victims of the tragedy in San Bernardino, California.

Pence also has asked businesses and residents to lower their flags to half-staff in honor of Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day.