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Flag lowering, ceremony honor National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day

KEYPORT – Gov. Chris Gregoire has directed that flags at all Washington state government offices be lowered to half-staff Friday in honor of National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day.

Flags may return to full-staff at the end of the day.

National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day was created by Congress in 1994 in honor of those Americans killed or injured as a result of the attack on Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941. Congress encourages other government entities, residents and businesses to join this recognition.

"Lest We Forget," Naval Undersea Warfare Center Division Keyport’s 19th annual Pearl Harbor Remembrance Ceremony, will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at the Naval Undersea Museum, Keyport.

Local Pearl Harbor survivors will share their memories of the attack.

Capt. David K. Kohnke, commander, NUWC Keyport, will serve as master of ceremonies with Capt. Mike Mathews, U.S. Navy (Ret.) providing an overview of the attack on Pearl Harbor while photos of that day’s events are shown. Lake Washington VFW Post 2995 Honor Guard will present colors and Navy Band Northwest will provide instrumental music.

"Lest We Forget" is free and open to the public.

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