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Flags lowered Thursday in remembrance of Pearl Harbor

Dec. 6, 2006

KALAMAZOO--By order of Gov. Jennifer M. Granholm, U.S. flags on all campuses of Western Michigan University and throughout Michigan will be lowered for one day, Thursday, Dec. 7, in remembrance of those who lost their lives in the attack on Pearl Harbor 65 years earlier, Dec. 7, 1941.

"As we await the safe return of so many of our sons and daughters fighting overseas, the supreme sacrifice made by those at Pearl Harbor 65 years ago carries added significance," Granholm said. "On Pearl Harbor Day, we honor the lives lost in the attack and salute the veterans of World War II. This year we will also say a prayer for those who soldier on under the American flag today."

Michigan also remembered the attack on Pearl Harbor by lowering flags on the anniversary of the attack in 2005.

On the morning of Dec. 7, 1941, the Armed Forces of the United States stationed at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, were attacked by the air and naval forces of the Empire of Japan. The attack claimed the lives of 2,334 servicemen and servicewomen and wounded another 1,143.

Media contact: Thom Myers, (269) 387-8400, thom.myers@wmich.edu

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