(Via Ho’okele News)
The 70th anniversary of the Battleship Missouri will be celebrated Saturday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Battleship Missouri Memorial this year as part of Living History Day.
The event will feature a variety of historical exhibits including displays of military vehicles, memorabilia and weaponry. There will also be bands playing patriotic music, oral history presentations, people in period dress from the World War II era and actors portraying notable wartime figures, such as Gen. Douglas MacArthur and Adm. Chester Nimitz.
- Margaret Truman, the USS Missouri’s sponsor, prepares to christen the battleship, during launching ceremonies at the Brooklyn Navy Yard on Jan. 29, 1944. Looking on are (left to right): Rear Adm. Monroe R. Kelly, Brooklyn Navy Yard commandant; Rear Adm. Sherman S. Kennedy, and U.S. Sen. Harry S. Truman of Missouri.
- The USS Missouri approaches the end of the building ways as it is launched Jan. 29 1944, at the Brooklyn Navy Yard.
The Battleship Missouri marked two important anniversaries on Jan. 29: the Missouri’s launching from New York Navy Yard in 1944 and the battleship’s 1999 opening as a memorial in Pearl Harbor.
“January 29 represents a new beginning for the USS Missouri, first in its service to America starting 70 years ago and today as a distinguished memorial honoring the commitment made to protect America’s freedom,” said Michael A. Carr, president and chief operating officer of the Battleship Missouri Memorial.
“In the 15 years since the Battleship Missouri Memorial opened, we are continually making improvements to a historical tour experience that carries special significance here in the midst of Pearl Harbor,” Carr said.
Admission to Saturday’s event is free to Hawaii residents, military and members of the Battleship Missouri Memorial.
For more information, call 1-877-644-4896 or visit USSMissouri.org.