Proclamation 5751 --
National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, 1987
December 7, 1987
the President of the United States of America
December 7, Americans everywhere commemorate the 46th anniversary of the
morning in 1941 when our Armed Forces at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, were subjected to a
surprise aerial strike by the Imperial Japanese Navy. That attack killed 2,403
Americans and wounded 1,178 others -- and caused our Nation to enter World War
America was unprepared for war,
but we quickly resolved to do what must be done in defense of our country.
Knowing that in war there can be no substitute for victory, the American people
summoned a great national effort in military strength and industrial activity.
The sacrifices of our military personnel at Pearl Harbor became the prelude to
those our brave fighting forces were to endure around the globe for the next
three and one-half years. When the terrible conflict ceased and the peace was
won, America's freedom remained
intact and we had taken on a crucial role as the leader of the world's
democracies and bulwark of international peace.
December 7, America remembers much and
resolves much. We remember Pearl Harbor's dead and wounded and
its courageous survivors who fought that day and many other days as well. We
remember too one of history's clearest lessons, that
weakness and unpreparedness do not build peace but
invite aggression. We remember that our freedom, purchased at so dear a price,
can be taken from us. And we resolve that that shall never be. We resolve that
our strength, our vigilance, and our devotion will forever keep America the land of the free
and the home of the brave. We resolve that we will keep faith with those we
have loved and lost. And we resolve that, always, we will remember Pearl Harbor.
Congress, by Senate Joint Resolution 105, has designated December
as ``National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day'' and has authorized and requested
the President to issue a proclamation in observance of this day.
Therefore, I, Ronald Reagan, President of the United States of America, do
hereby proclaim December 7, 1987, as National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, and
I call upon the people of the United States to observe this solemn occasion
with appropriate ceremonies and activities and to pledge eternal vigilance and
strong resolve to defend our Nation and its allies from all future aggression.
Witness Whereof, I have hereunto set my hand this seventh day of December, in
the year of our Lord nineteen hundred and eighty-seven, and of the Independence of the United States of
America the two hundred and
[Filed with the Office
of the Federal Register, , December 8, 1987]