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The Texas flag is at half-staff statewide today.


BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA: A PROCLAMATION


On December 7, 1941, the Imperial Japanese Navy attacked our forces
at Pearl Harbor and other locations in Hawaii, taking the lives of
2,403 service members and civilians and leading the United States
to declare its entrance into World War II. It was a day that still
lives in infamy 80 years later. As we mark National Pearl Harbor
Remembrance Day, we honor the patriots who perished, commemorate
the valor of all those who defended our Nation, and recommit
ourselves to carrying forth the ensuing peace and reconciliation
that brought a better future for our world. Today, we give thanks
to the Greatest Generation, who guided our Nation through some of
our darkest moments and laid the foundations of an international
system that has transformed former adversaries into allies.

A decade ago, I paid my respects at the USS Arizona Memorial --
where 1,177 crewmen lost their lives on that terrible December
day. To this day, beads of oil still rise to the surface of the
water -- metaphorical "Black Tears" shed for those lost in the 
attack. Reading those names etched in marble was a mournful
reminder of the sacrifices and the human cost of protecting our
Nation and the ideals this great country represents. Our Nation
remains forever indebted to all those who gave their last full
measure of devotion eight decades ago. We will never forget those
who perished, and we will always honor our sacred obligation to
care for our service members, veterans, and their families,
caregivers, and survivors.

The Congress, by Public Law 103-308, as amended, has designated
December 7 of each year as "National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day."

NOW, THEREFORE, I, JOSEPH R. BIDEN JR., President of the United
States of America, do hereby proclaim December 7, 2021, as National
Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day. I encourage all Americans to reflect
on the courage shown by our brave warriors that day and remember
their sacrifices. I ask us all to give sincere thanks and
appreciation to the survivors of that unthinkable day. I urge all
Federal agencies, interested organizations, groups, and individuals
to fly the flag of the United States at half-staff on December 7,
2021, in honor of those American patriots who died as a result of
their service at Pearl Harbor.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this third day of
December, in the year of our Lord two thousand twenty-one, and of
the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred
and forty-sixth.


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BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA: A PROCLAMATION

As a mark of respect for Robert Joseph Dole, a statesman like few in
our history and a war hero among the greatest of the Greatest
Generation, I hereby order, by the authority vested in me as
President of the United States by the Constitution and the laws of
the United States of America, that the flag of the United States
shall be flown at half-staff at the White House and upon all public
buildings and grounds, at all military posts and naval stations, and
on all naval vessels of the Federal Government in the District of
Columbia and throughout the United States and its Territories and
possessions until sunset on December 9, 2021. I also direct that the
flag shall be flown at half-staff for the same length of time at all
United States embassies, legations, consular offices, and other
facilities abroad, including all military facilities and naval
vessels and stations.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this fifth day of
December, in the year of our Lord two thousand twenty-one, and of the
Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and
forty-sixth.
 

Joseph R. Biden JR. 


General Instructions on the Proper Display of the Flag

The Texas Government Code directs the methods and means of displaying the Texas flag. In addition to state agencies, all individuals, businesses, municipalities, counties and political subdivisions are encouraged to fly their Texas and United States flags as a mark of respect and honor for Texas and the United States. Specific questions concerning the proper display of the flag should be answered by consulting Texas Government Code Chapter 3100.

Note that when the flag is to be displayed at half-staff, the flag should first be raised briskly to full-staff and then lowered slowly to half-staff.

Some entities maintain facilities that display other flags, pennants and banners (such as replicas of the six historic flags that have flown over Texas). Each entity is responsible for determining its own policy regarding these flags and adornments when flags are to be flown at half-staff, but note that no flag may fly higher than the Texas or United States flag. It is recommended that in displays such as those containing the six historic flags that have flown over Texas, when flags are ordered to half-staff, the Texas and United States flags should be flown at half-staff and the other flags be removed completely from the display for the duration of the time flags are at half-staff. State agencies or political subdivisions are not required to schedule employees to work non-usual hours for the sole purpose of flying the flags at half-staff.