Senator Joe Manchin released a statement today on the anniversary of Pearl Harbor:
"There are days that define America, and this is one of them – the anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor. In that attack – on December 7, 1941 - 2,402 Americans were killed and 1,282 were wounded, and America was plunged into the deadliest war in all of human history. President Roosevelt famously called that December 7 a day of ‘infamy.' But it also was a day of destiny – a day that transformed America into what it remains today, the hope of the world. I urge everyone to take a moment today to pay a silent tribute to the brave Americans who gave their lives and shed their blood at Pearl Harbor. I hope they will also give thanks for all the American warriors in all the conflicts that followed. And I hope they will pray for the safe return of all the brave men and women who protect our liberty today. May God bless America and all of those who stand in defense of our great country."
Today is the 71st anniversary of the on Pearl Harbor.
Thousand of military members lost their lives lost their lives when the Japanese bombed the home base of the U.S. Pacific Fleet located in Hawaii.
The attack resulted in the US entering into World War II.
Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day is also a day to honor those who helped the U.S. recover after the attacks 71 years ago on a day that still lives in infamy.
Across the mountain state, U.S. and state flags will be flown at half-staff to honor those who lost their lives in the attack.
Governor Earl Ray Tomblin issued the order in a proclamation yesterday saying, "National Pearl Harbor Day is an opportunity for us to honor those who bravely defended our country during one of the deadliest attacks on our shores and preserve their stories for future generations."