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Flags to be flown at half-staff in Vermont

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MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - Gov. Peter Shumlin has ordered that flags be flown at half-staff around Vermont on the anniversary of Pearl Harbor.

Friday is National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day honoring the sacrifice of those on duty in Pearl Harbor when the Japanese launched a surprise attack on Dec. 7, 1941.

Japanese aircraft sank four battleships and damaged four others, and sank or damaged other warships, and destroyed 188 aircraft. More than 2,400 Americans were killed.

The following day, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed a declaration of war against Japan. He proclaimed December 7, 1941, "a date which will live in infamy."

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