Burgum orders flags flown at half-staff in honor of National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day

BISMARCK, N.D. (Valley News Live) Thursday will mark the 76th anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pear Harbor in Hawaii in 1941.

Wednesday Gov. Doug Burgum directed all government agencies to fly the United States and North Dakota flags at half-staff from sunrise to sunset on Thursday, Dec. 7, in observance of the anniversary.

More than 2,400 Americans were killed and more than 1,100 were wounded on that day.

“We honor the legacy of those who paid the ultimate price at Pearl Harbor and express our gratitude to all of our World War II veterans who served our nation,” said Burgum. “In the words of Navy Admiral Chester W. Nimitz, ‘They fought together as brothers-in-arms. They died together and now they sleep side by side. To them we have a solemn obligation.’ ”

The governor’s directive is in accordance with a proclamation to be issued Thursday by President Donald Trump.