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President Franklin D. Roosevelt: Yesterday, December 7, 1941—a date which will live in infamy—the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan. The United States was at peace with that nation, and, at the solicitation of Japan, was still in conversation with its government and its emperor looking toward the maintenance of peace in the Pacific. Indeed, one hour after Japanese air squadrons had commenced bombing in the American island of Oahu, the Japanese ambassador to the United States and his colleague delivered to our secretary of state a formal reply to a recent American message. While this reply stated that it seemed useless to continue the existing diplomatic negotiations, it contained no threat or hint of war or armed attack. It will be recorded that the distance of Hawaii from Japan makes it obvious that the attack was deliberately planned many days or even weeks ago. During the intervening time the Japanese government has deliberately sought to deceive the United States by false statements and expressions of hope for continued peace. The attack yesterday on the Hawaiian Islands has caused severe damage to American naval and military forces. I regret to tell you that very many American lives have been lost. In addition, American ships have been reported torpedoed on the high seas between San Francisco and Honolulu. Yesterday the Japanese government also launched as attack against Malaya. Last night Japanese forces attacked Hong Kong. Last night Japanese forces attacked Guam. Last night Japanese forces attacked the Philippine Islands. Last night Japanese forces attacked Wake Island. And this morning the Japanese attacked Midway Island. Japan has, therefore, undertaken a surprise offensive extending throughout the Pacific area. The facts of yesterday and today speak for themselves. The people of the United States have already formed their opinions and well understand the implications to the very life and safety of our nation. As commander in chief of the Army and Navy I have directed that all measures be taken for our defense. But always will our whole nation remember the character of the onslaught against us. . . Governor Haley Barbour Orders Lowering of Flags on National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day From: Office of the Governor Filed 12/6/07 (JACKSON, Mississippi) - Governor Haley Barbour today ordered State flags lowered to half-staff Friday in honor of the more than 2,400 Americans killed in the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. The move coincides with the President's order that U.S. flags fly at half-staff in recognition of December 7 of each year as “National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day.” (Photo Right: Pearl Harbor Memorial - Photo from U.S. Navy.) “It is important to pay tribute to members of America’s courageous military forces who helped secure our liberty and especially to honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice in defense of the defining characteristic of our nation: democracy. I hope Mississippians will join Marsha and me in remembering the brave men and women who lost their lives on December 7, 1941, and whose unwavering efforts to defend our nation will never be forgotten,” Governor Barbour said. In accordance with the Governor’s Executive Order, Mississippi flags on all state buildings and grounds will be flown at half-staff tomorrow, December 7, 2007, from sun-up to sun-down. > > > > > > > > > > > > Photobucket

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