Burgum issues statement on 80th anniversary of Pearl Harbor attack

BISMARCK, ND (STL.News) Governor Doug Burgum issued the following statement on National Remembrance Day in Pearl Harbor as Americans celebrate the 80th anniversary of the attacks in Hawaii that dragged the United States into the Second World War.

“Eight decades on from the ‘Date of Living in Infamy,’ we continue to honor the legacy of those servicemen who paid the ultimate price for our freedom at Pearl Harbor,” 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. We owe them a solemn obligation. Today, and every day, we share our undying gratitude to the heroes of Pearl Harbor and all of our current veterans and military personnel who have served and continue to serve our nation with courage and honor in the name of freedom and justice for all.

The flags of the United States and North Dakota are to fly at half mast on National Remembrance Day in Pearl Harbor. The flags should already be at half mast as Sunday Burgum ordered the flags to be at half mast until Thursday, December 9, in honor of World War II veteran and former Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole, who died Sunday in the age of 98. This directive was in accordance with a proclamation issued by President Joe Biden.