Construction has started for a new Education Resource Center and update to the entrance at the Battleship Missouri Memorial.

The $4 million project includes a 5,500-square-foot center that will house artifacts including photos, letters and official documents in a climate-controlled environment, plus an upgraded entrance to the Battleship Missouri Memorial with a new shuttle drop-off/pick-up area, and restroom facilities.

"Our mission to preserve the past and educate the future has really evolved over time, and especially so as we approach the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II. This project is the first step the association is taking to turn the USS Missouri into the finest historic ship destination in the world," Michael Carr, president and CEO of the USS Missouri Memorial Association, said in a statement.

During the previous two years, the association successfully completed the repair and preservation of the Battleship Missouri Memorial's forward and aft superstructures and main deck flooring.

The USS Missouri, located in Pearl Harbor along with the USS Arizona Memorial, was the site of Japan's formal surrender in World War II on Sept. 2, 1945. There will be a special event on Sept. 2 to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the event.

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