Flags ordered at half staff in honor of Pearl Harbor anniversary

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Governor Don Carcieri has ordered all flags in Rhode Island lowered to half staff Tuesday in honor of Pearl Harbor Day.

It's been 69 years since the Japanese made a surprise attack on the naval base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, killing some 2,400 people. Major General Robert Bray, commanding general of the Rhode Island National Guard, says residents owe it to veterans to remember Pearl Harbor.

"Our number one responsibility as citizens, as patriots, is to always remember those who have served, who have sacrificed, and have provided us with opportunities to live in a free nation like we have no other on the face of the earth, the United States of America," Bray says.

Rhode Island lost World War Two veteran Alan French who died last Friday.

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