Gov. Mead designates this year's Pearl Harbor Day

It is earnestly recommended by the few remaining veterans in Wyoming of the attack on Sunday, December 7, 1941, that we honor the many heroes that fell that day at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, and the many that were wounded. It is also requested by the same surviving veterans that all schoolteachers in this area bring to the children's attention what happened at Pearl Harbor.

Whereas, seventy-six years ago, at 7:55 a.m. on Sunday morning, December 7, 1941, in a surprise attack, the Imperial Japanese Navy and Air Force attacked United States forces stationed at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. For 30 minutes, dive bombers and torpedo planes struck airfields and naval vessels. A second wave of 170 planes launched another attack that lasted one hour; and

Whereas, more than 2,300 Americans were killed, more than 1,000 were wounded, and 960 were missing in action following the attack on Pearl Harbor. Nineteen ships were damaged or sunk, and 188 planes were destroyed on the ground. All of the ships — with the exceptions of the USS Arizona, Utah and Oklahoma were salvaged and later saw action in World War II; and

Whereas, individually and collectively, we owe a debt of gratitude to Navy and Air Force members who lost their lives in the attack — the "Day of Infamy"  and also to those who survived and continued to carry out their duties to ultimate victory; and

Whereas, commemoration of the attack on Pearl Harbor instills in all Americans a greater understanding and appreciation of the selfless sacrifice of the individuals who served in the armed forces of the United States during World War II. 

Now, therefore, I, Matthew H. Mead, Governor of the state of Wyoming, do hereby proclaim December 7, 2017, as Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day in Wyoming, and call upon citizens to honor the great generation of Americans whose unparalleled exploits, persistence, devotion and bravery in the name of freedom have allowed our country, and many others, to prosper.

In witness whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Executive Seal of the Office of the Governor of Wyoming to be affixed this 21st day of November, 2017.

Matthew H. Mead