UNITED STATES — On this day 82 years ago, the Empire of Japan launched an air raid on the U.S. Navy base at Pearl Harbor in Hawaii as well as targets in Malaya, Hong Kong, Guam, the Philippines and Wake Island. The United States entered WWII the next day.

Congress, by Public Law 103-308, as amended, has designated Dec. 7 of each year as “National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day.”

Governor Mark Gordon has ordered both the U.S. and State of Wyoming flags to be flown at half-staff statewide on Wednesday, Dec. 7 in recognition “… to commemorate the patriots who were wounded and who perished on Dec. 7, 1941,” said the Governor in a statement. “The flag should be flown at half-staff starting at midnight, Tuesday, Dec. 6 and remain at half-staff for the entire day Wednesday, Dec. 7 until midnight.”

The order is in accordance with a proclamation from President Joe Biden.

The President’s Proclamation recounts the attacks on Pearl Harbor in 1941, reading in part, “On National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, we honor the memories of the 2,403 service members and civilians whose lives were cut short on that tragic December morning. We reflect on the resilience of America’s Armed Forces, who withstood the attack and built the most capable fighting force the world has ever known.  In the wake of tragedy, these brave women and men — the Greatest Generation — answered the call to defend freedom, justice, and democracy across the Pacific, throughout Europe, and around the globe.  Today, we carry forward their spirit of unity and their enduring resolve to protect the United States against those who seek to do us harm.”

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Caroline Chapman is a Community News Reporter. She's a lover of alliteration, easy-to-follow recipes and board games when everyone knows the rules. Her favorite aspect about living in the Tetons is the collective admiration that Wyomingites share for the land and the life that it sustains.