Lower flags for Pearl Harbor Day

In memory

Gov. Eric J. Holcomb is directing flags across Indiana to be flown at half-staff today for Pearl Harbor Day.

Flags should be flown at half-staff from sunrise to sunset, according to Holcomb’s directive.

Besides government buildings, Holcomb also asks businesses and residents to lower their flags in remembrance of Pearl Harbor Day, which commemorates the attack on Pearl Harbor in Hawaii on Dec. 7, 1941.

The attack by the Imperial Japanese Navy came as a surprise to the American Army and Navy, resulting in more than 2,000 American residents being killed and more than 1,000 others injured.

The day after the attack, President Franklin D. Roosevelt declared war on Japan, resulting in the United States’ entry into World War II.

In a speech to Congress, Roosevelt said the bombing of Pearl Harbor would be “a date which will live in infamy.”