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Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day

National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, commonly called “Pearl Harbor Day,” commemorates the surprise attack by the Japan on the United States military bases at Pearl Harbor in Hawaii on December 7, 1941. The attack killed more than 2000 Americans and brought the country into the Second World War. When terrorists attacked the United States on September 11, 2001, the parallels with the Pearl Harbor attack were numerous.

Although the day is not a federal holiday, and no governmental offices, banks or schools are closed, the president directs on this day that all flags on government buildings fly at half-staff.

The American nation never fails to commemorate Pearl Harbor Day, in the media, on television, and in public ceremonies. The most prominent ceremonies take place on the site of the attack itself, the USS Arizona Memorial in Pearl Harbor. The famous film segment of the battleship USS Arizona blowing up has iconic significance to Americans.

Although not given its own official day, one other event of World War II is widely marked by the media and in ceremonies: D-Day, the invasion of Normandy that took place on June 6, 1944.

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