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Arizona flags lowered Friday to remember victims in Pearl Harbor

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PHOENIX — People across Arizona will remember the more than 2,000 U.S. soldiers who were killed in a surprise military attack on a U.S. naval base in Hawaii, 77 years after the attack took place.

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey ordered flags at all state buildings to be lowered to half-staff on Friday for National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day.

“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.

Ducey will join the Arizona Department of Veteran’s Services for a ceremony Friday at the Wesley Bolin Memorial Plaza outside of the capitol building.

There will be a flyover at 10:55 a.m. with two World War II-era planes — a Boeing B-17G and a Douglas C-47A — before various groups lay memorial wreaths at the USS Arizona anchor.

Arizona has a special connection to the Dec. 7, 1941 attack: Nearly half of the crewmen who were killed that day were aboard the USS Arizona.

“I encourage all Arizonans to take time tomorrow to remember the 1,177 lives taken that that day on the historic battleship named after our state,” Ducey said.

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