According to retired Lt. Col. Jim Henderson, American flags should be flown at half-staff Saturday in honor of National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day.
Henderson said the observance is in accordance with U.S. Code Title 36, Chapter 1, Section 129, which said the president is requested to issue a proclamation per Flag Code section 7(m) for the flag to be displayed at half-staff during the day Saturday.
In August, Henderson, of Lebanon, was reappointed historian for the Tennessee Department of the American Legion.
Gov. Bill Haslam and Tennessee Department of Veterans Affairs Commissioner Many-Bears Grinder declared Saturday as Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day.
On Dec. 7, 1941, 2,390 American military personnel were killed and another 1,178 were wounded in an unprovoked attack by the Air and Naval forces serving Japan.
The U.S. Congress, by Public Law 103 308, as amended, has designated Dec. 7 of each year as “National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day” to recognize and honor brave heroes who died and demonstrate deep gratitude and admiration for their sacrifice.
“The attacks on Pearl Harbor killed thousands of Americans and 20 Tennesseans during a very dark day in our country’s history,” Haslam said. “Although this tragedy happened more than seven decades ago, the sacrifice of those killed and wounded prompts us to pause and remember.”
“On this day, we remember the lives lost and lives forever changed during a rare attack on American soil,” Grinder said. “It is important to observe the era of American history to ensure future generations understand the tragedy and value the stories of survivors and their families.”
Grinder will present Haslam’s Pearl Harbor remembrance proclamations to Pearl Harbor survivor Claude Dean, as well as Tennessee Valley Healthcare System Director Juan Morales, during the Pearl Harbor Day 72st anniversary commemoration ceremony Friday at 10:15 a.m. at the Flynn G. Humphreys Chapel at the VA Medical Center at 1310 24th Ave. S. in Nashville.