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American Legion Plans Pearl Harbor Observance [UPDATED]

Friday is the 71st anniversary of 'A date which will live in infamy.'

 

Updated at 5:12 p.m., Dec. 6:

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy directed U.S. and Connecticut flags to half-staff on Friday, Dec. 7, in recognition of Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day and the lives lost in the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941.

“Today we pause to recognize the thousands who lost their lives at Pearl Harbor, and the thousands more who valiantly served our country in World War II,” said Governor Malloy. “The battle at Pearl Harbor reminds us of the tremendous sacrifices our troops and their families make.  We are grateful to our military for their defense of this democracy.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the men and women currently deployed—we hope for their safe and speedy return.” 

“More than seven decades have passed since that tragic and historic day, but the incredible heroism and sacrifice of our military men and women then, and in the years that followed, keeps their memory very much alive,” said Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman. “Just as the attacks on the United States on September 11, 2001 changed the course of our nation in so many ways, all Americans should take a moment to reflect on how the bombing of Pearl Harbor led to an unprecedented commitment to defend our nation’s freedom that should never be forgotten.”

Flags will fly at half staff from sunrise to sunset on Friday, Dec. 7.

Original story, Dec. 6:

The Greenwich American Legion Post 29 will mark the 71st anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor with a ceremony Friday, Dec. 7.
 
The event will be held at 290 Greenwich Ave., at the memorial in front of the Board of Education Building and will begin at 7 p.m.
 
"It is important that we mark this day with a ceremony each year, as we do September 11th, since these two events had huge impacts on our nation and the directions we took after each," said Christopher Hughes, Commander of Post 29.
 
The event is open to the public and will last approximately 15 minutes.  It will include brief remarks, a wreath presentation, rifle salute, and the sounding of taps.
 
For additional information please email bch46@aol.com or call 203 253 2836.

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