PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5/AP) − Arizona will honor the 77th anniversary of Pearl Harbor with memorial events and flags lowered to half staff on Dec. 7.
Veterans groups, citizens and Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey will gather at the state Capitol to commemorate the Japanese attack.
Nearly 2,400 members of the U.S. military were killed in the Dec. 7, 1941 attack. Almost half of them were aboard the USS Arizona.
The battleship exploded and sank after it was hit by two bombs. Most of the Arizona’s fallen remain entombed in the ship, which lies at the bottom of the harbor.
The Arizona Department of Veterans’ Services is hosting the state’s Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day ceremony on Friday at the Wesley Bolin memorial plaza just east of the state Capitol.
The event starts at 10:15 a.m. and the official program kicks off at 10:55 a.m. Arizona time. That’s the moment local time when planes from a group of Japanese aircraft carriers launched their attack on the Pearl Harbor naval base and nearby military facilities, killing 1,177 Americans. Nearly half the dead were aboard the battleship USS Arizona, which was sunk.
The program includes a flyover by a B-17 bomber and a C-47 transport.
Ducey has also ordered all state flags to be flown at half-staff for the anniversary.
“While we reflect on the tragedy of the attack at Pearl Harbor, we also remember that amidst the destruction and chaos emerged some of the most incredible demonstrations of bravery, heroism and sacrifice," Ducey said in a statement. "I encourage all Arizonans to take time to remember the 1,177 lives taken that that day on the historic battleship named after our state.”
Ducey says the flags will remain lowered between sunrise and sunset.