Featured photo: image from the annual remembrance ceremony
LANSING, Mich. – Governor Gretchen Whitmer today proclaimed December 7, 2021, Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, honoring the 2,403 Americans who lost their lives, 1,178 who were wounded and those members of our armed forces that served alongside them.
“Today, Michiganders and Americans everywhere owe a debt of gratitude to the members of the United States armed forces who were wounded or died at Pearl Harbor and to those who survived and fought with great honor and bravery in World War II while defending the people and principles of our nation,” Whitmer said. “I am proud to declare December 7 as Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day in Michigan in recognition of this great sacrifice.”
“More than 600,000 veterans from Michigan answered the call to serve in the armed forces in the years following the attack on Pearl Harbor,” said U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Paul D. Rogers, adjutant general and director of the Michigan Department of Military and Veterans Affairs.
“I’m humbled by the resilience of the American spirit and the bravery of the men and women who continue to inspire others to sacrifice for our freedoms,” Rogers added.
The United States Congress designated December 7 as National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day on August 23, 1994. Every year, remembrance events are held throughout Michigan and at the Pearl Harbor National Memorial. You can see images of the annual remembrance ceremony here, Pearl Harbor | Flickr.
View the full proclamation here.
About Michigan Department of Military and Veterans Affairs
The Michigan Department of Military and Veterans Affairs (DMVA) synchronizes strategic, legislative and fiscal initiatives to build and sustain military readiness, care and advocacy for veterans and cultivate purposeful partnerships. Branch operations include Michigan Veteran Homes, Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency, State Operations, Army National Guard and Air National Guard which stand in support of the mission to serve every member. For more information, please visit: https://www.michigan.gov/dmva.