Hawaii Gov. Linda Lingle, along with U.S. Navy officials and members of the Battleship Missouri Memorial staff, headlined the grand reopening ceremony for the historic vessel in Pearl Harbor Jan. 30.
The event also celebrated the efforts of countless "Mighty Mo" volunteers and their work to maintain the memorial as one of the country's most important ships.
"It is clear that what unites everyone here is a love of what they are doing: a love of the battleship and of its history," Lingle said in her remarks. "I wanted to be here in person to thank volunteers for their work to preserve an important piece of the world's history, the nation's history and Hawaii's history."
The Battleship Missouri Memorial left dry dock and returned to Pearl Harbor's Battleship Row on Jan. 7 after 12 weeks' and $18 million worth of general maintenance and repairs.
Jan. 29 marked the 66th anniversary of the Mighty Mo's inaugural voyage in 1944. A veteran of three wars, the USS Missouri served as the site of Japan's surrender to the Allied forces in 1945.