Auburn business remembers Pearl Harbor with notable American flag

In remembrance of the attack on Pearl Harbor, an Auburn business will raise a flag Friday that was flown over the USS Missouri in Pearl Harbor on last year’s anniversary of the 1941 attack that propelled the nation into World War II.

Seventy-seven years ago on Dec. 7, Pearl Harbor — a U.S. naval base in Hawaii — was surprised by a devastating attack by Japan that killed about 2,400 sailors, soldiers and civilians and wounded about 1,000 more people. The next day, president Franklin D. Roosevelt asked Congress to declare war on Japan and the U.S. entered World War II.

Although Emperor Michinomiya Hirohito announced Japan’s surrender on Aug. 15, 1945, it was aboard the USS Missouri in Tokyo Bay on Sept. 2 that Japan formally surrendered to the Allies. These surrender documents marked the end of WWII. Today, the USS Missouri is part of the Pearl Harbor Historic Sites.

While on vacation in Hawaii earlier this year, Michael Cartner, chief financial officer and an owner of Currier Plastics, spotted a flag in a store at the Pearl Harbor Memorial site that said it flew over the USS Missouri on Dec. 7, 2017, said Currier’s Sales and Marketing Manager Elizabeth Roberts. Due to the battleship’s significance and connection to Pearl Harbor, Cartner bought the flag and brought it back to Currier Plastics with the idea that the company could fly it on Dec. 7.

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