The Board of El Paso County Commissioners wants to make sure the attack on Pearl Harbor is never forgotten.
During its regular meeting Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017, the BOCC remembered a day that “forever lives in infamy,” recognizing Pearl Harbor Day on Dec. 7 with an official Proclamation and honoring the more than 2,350 men and women that made the ultimate sacrifice.
Board President Darryl Glenn read the Proclamation into record, remembering those who gave their lives during the Dec. 7, 1941 attack by the Empire of Japan on Pearl Harbor in the United States Territory of Hawaii. Glenn said, “This sneak attack kindled the righteous fury of the United States of America, thus awakening the sleeping giant to become the Arsenal of Democracy for the cause of freedom.”
Along with those that died, the attack on Pearl Harbor also left 1,178 wounded, brought devastation to the United States Pacific Fleet and its Air Forces and propelled the United States into World War II.
“It’s a somber anniversary that we recognize every year, but it does remind us of the sacrifices made for so many in this great country of ours,” Commissioner Longinos Gonzalez said. “Let us not forget those sacrifices that were made and continue to be made throughout the world, through the efforts of our military.”
Commissioner Mark Waller recently visited Pearl Harbor in Hawaii where remnants of the attack remain. The memorial in the Harbor and the annual recognition on Dec. 7 “remind us of the way we entered into the conflict of World War II and then made sure that the world was going to be free from tyranny,” Waller said.
Representatives of the Navy League of the United States were at Centennial Hall in downtown Colorado Springs on Tuesday to receive the Proclamation.
A Pearl Harbor Day Commemoration will be held Thursday, Dec. 7 at the Pioneer’s Museum, 215 S. Tejon St. in Colorado Springs. The event begins at 11 a.m. and all are welcome.