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Iowa Lowers Flags for Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day

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    April 14, 2014 | 8:45 am
    DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Iowa Governor Terry Branstad has ordered all flags in the state to be flown at half-staff in honor of Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day.

    The flags will be half-staff from Friday morning through the afternoon.

    Public buildings, grounds and facilities throughout the state will participate. That includes the State Capitol Building and the Capitol Complex.

    Officials are encouraging individuals, businesses, schools and other government subdivisions to fly their flags at half-staff for the same length of time as a sign of respect.

    Congress has designated Dec. 7 as National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day. The surprise attack on Dec. 7, 1941, by Japan on the U.S. Navy base at Pearl Harbor in Hawaii pushed the U.S. into World War II.