All flags should be at half-staff on Sunday

All U.S. and Connecticut flags should fly at half-staff from sunrise to sunset on Sunday, Dec. 7 in recognition of Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day.

The national observance honors the lives lost in the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941.

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy directed the flags to be appropriately flown in a directive issued Friday.

“We will never forget the courageous service of those who made the ultimate sacrifice on that day in 1941,” Malloy said. “The thousands of men and women who served the U.S. during World War II deserve our thanks and continued admiration.”

The surprise attack on Pearl Harbor in Hawaii by the Japanese killed more than 2,400 Americans and led to the United States’ entry into World War II.

‘A date which will live in infamy’

President Franklin D. Roosevelt said that Dec. 7, 1941 was “a date which will live in infamy,” in his speech the following day asking Congress to declare war on Japan.

Malloy said while paying tribute to those who served the country in the past on Pearl Harbor Day, “know that our thoughts and prayers are with those who are currently deployed. We hope for their safe and speedy return.”

— as edited by Brad Durrell for the Shelton Herald