Battleship Missouri Memorial to commemorate end of WWII’s 70th anniversary

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U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii) will deliver the keynote address at a Sept. 2 Battleship Missouri Memorial ceremony in Pearl Harbor, commemorating the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II.



Japan formally surrendered onboard the Missouri Sept. 2, 1945, in Tokyo Bay during formal proceedings overseen by Gen. Douglas MacArthur, supreme commander for the Allied Powers, and broadcast worldwide over the radio.

“Here in hallowed Pearl Harbor, in the presence of the USS Missouri and USS Arizona memorials — the two iconic battleships representing America’s ‘bookends’ of World War II — this ceremony provides a special opportunity to honor the extraordinary sacrifice and service of our veterans while memorializing one of the most significant dates in world history,” Michael Carr, president and CEO of the Battleship Missouri Memorial, said in a statement.

A Sept. 2 ceremony at the Battleship Missouri Memorial in Pearl Harbor will commemorate the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II.
A Sept. 2 ceremony at the Battleship Missouri Memorial in Pearl Harbor will commemorate the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II. Photo Credit: Battleship Missouri Memorial


The USS Arizona, which sits only a few hundred yards off the Missouri’s bow, was bombed and sunk by Japanese zeros on Dec. 7, 1941.

The Battleship Missouri Memorial commemoration ceremony will feature an exhibit of rare artifacts involved in the formal proceedings 70 years ago, including two pens used by Fleet Adm. Chester Nimitz to sign the Japanese Instrument of Surrender on behalf of the United States. The exhibition also includes one of the pens used by MacArthur.

The commemoration ceremony is free to the public, but guests interested in reserving a seat should contact officials at [email protected] by Aug. 20.

Full details of the Sept. 2 ceremony schedule can be found here.

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