Battleship Missouri Memorial Honors Soldiers Past, Present
Battleship Missouri Memorial hosted a ceremony Sept. 2 to commemorate the 69th anniversary of the end of World War II at its permanent berth in Pearl Harbor.
On the same day in 1945, Gen. Douglas MacArthur, along with representatives from 10 allied nations, signed the paperwork that signified an official end to the war aboard the Mighty Mo.
“This is a special day to honor the service and sacrifice of all those who fought to protect our lives and liberty in World War II, and those who continue to do so today,” stated Tim Guard, chairman of the board for USS Missouri Memorial Association and caretaker of Battleship Missouri Memorial.
“General MacArthur’s reverent and respectful words calling for peace and dignity for all people ring as true today as they did 69 years ago.
“We’re proud of the USS Missouri’s role on this pivotal day of world history, and remain committed to sharing the general’s timeless message with our guests every day.”
The ceremony also featured a number of other speakers, a performance by Joint Service Color Guard and music by Marine Forces Pacific Band.
There also was a 21-gun salute to honor all armed forces members who have died in war.