The U.S. and Missouri flags on all state and local government buildings in Missouri will be flown at half-staff on Friday, Dec. 7 to commemorate those who died or were wounded during the attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, on Dec. 7, 1941. A 1996 state law designates the date as Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day and directs that on that day, flags be flown at half-staff by all state agencies and political subdivisions of the state.
"Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day is a reminder for us to honor the sacrifice of Americans in our armed forces, from the Revolutionary War to the present," Gov. Jay Nixon said. "There will be an empty seat at the dinner table for many Missouri families during the holidays, because a loved one is overseas. Those in uniform and their families deserve our continued thanks, respect and support."
This week, Gov. Nixon traveled to Kuwait and Afghanistan to meet with U.S. military leaders and with Citizen-Soldiers and Airmen of the Missouri National Guard, as well as with troops from Missouri who are in the regular services.