One year ago, three American sailors were killed in an act of terrorism at the Naval Air Station (NAS) Pensacola, Fla. In their honor, Governor Ron DeSantis proclaimed December 6 as Naval Air Station Pensacola Remembrance Day in Florida.
In addition to the three sailors killed, eight others were wounded in the attack by Mohammed Saeed Alshamrani, an aviation student from Saudi Arabia, who opened fire in a classroom and was fatally shot.
The proclamation comes the day after 19-year-old Naval Aircrewman 3rd Class Mohammed Haitham, 21-year-old Naval Aircrewman 3rd Class Cameron Walters and 23-year-old Ensign Joshua Kaleb Watson were posthumously awarded Purple Hearts.
"One year ago, three great American sailors were killed in an act of terrorism at @NASPCOLA. In their honor, I’ve proclaimed December 6th as Naval Air Station Pensacola Remembrance Day in Florida. We must never forget their selfless sacrifice," the governor wrote on Twitter.
"Florida's law enforcement, first responders, and active duty military personnel, including some of whom were wounded that day, showed tremendous courage..." read the declaration.