Flags at half staff
December 6th and 7th...
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today issued the following
statement on the passing of Nelson Mandela. The Governor
also directed that flags on state government buildings be
flown at half-staff on Friday, December 6, 2013, in honor of
“Nelson Mandela refused to accept injustice, fought
relentlessly for what was right, and showed that a dedicated
person of courage actually can change the course of history.
His struggle to end racism, poverty and inequality began
with his fight against apartheid, continued through his
service as the first black President of South Africa and is
now passed on for the world to continue. We will not soon
see again, nor should we ever forget the profound example of
humanity that Nelson Mandela embodied. While President
Mandala is no longer with us, here in New York and all
around the globe, his legacy lives on. His family and
friends, and the people of South Africa, are in my thoughts
and prayers along with those of all New Yorkers.”
BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
More than seven decades ago, on a calm Sunday morning, our
Nation was attacked without warning or provocation. The
bombs that fell on the island of Oahu took almost 2,400
American lives, damaged our Pacific Fleet, challenged our
resilience, and tested our resolve. On National Pearl Harbor
Remembrance Day, we honor the men and women who selflessly
sacrificed for our country, and we show our enduring
gratitude to all who fought to defend freedom against the
forces of tyranny and oppression in the Second World War.
In remembrance of Pearl Harbor and to defend our Nation
against future attacks, scores of young Americans enlisted
in the United States military. In battle after battle, our
troops fought with courage and honor. They took the Pacific
theater island by island, and eventually swept through
Europe, liberating nations as they progressed. Because of
their extraordinary valor, America emerged from this test as
we always do -- stronger than ever before.
We also celebrate those who served and sacrificed on the
home front -- from families who grew Victory Gardens or
donated to the war effort to women who joined the assembly
line alongside workers of every background and realized
their own power to build a brighter world. Together, our
Greatest Generation overcame the Great Depression, and built
the largest middle class and strongest economy in history.
Today, with solemn pride and reverence, let us remember
those who fought and died at Pearl Harbor, acknowledge
everyone who carried their legacy forward, and reaffirm our
commitment to upholding the ideals for which they served.
The Congress, by Public Law 103-308, as amended, has
designated December 7 of each year as "National Pearl Harbor
NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United
States of America, do hereby proclaim December 7, 2013, as
National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day. I encourage all
Americans to observe this solemn day of remembrance and to
honor our military, past and present, with appropriate
ceremonies and activities. I urge all Federal agencies and
interested organizations, groups, and individuals to fly the
flag of the United States at half-staff this December 7 in
honor of those American patriots who died as a result of
their service at Pearl Harbor.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this fifth
day of December, in the year of our Lord two thousand
thirteen, and of the Independence of the United States of
America the two hundred and thirty-eighth.