HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - On Saturday, January 27, the Battleship Missouri Memorial celebrates "Living History Day" aboard the historic USS Missouri, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. A number of engaging events, dramatic reenactments, and historic exhibits will be available for the public to experience and enjoy, which commemorates two important Mighty Mo anniversaries.
The USS Missouri was launched on January 29, 1944, and played an integral part in the Allied forces' success in the Pacific in World War II – which concluded with the surrender of Japan on the hallowed deck of the Mighty Mo.
Since opening in January 1999, the Battleship Missouri Memorial has attracted more than 7-million visitors from around the world with a fascinating tour experience showcasing the USS Missouri's unique place in history. Located a mere ship's length from the USS Arizona Memorial, the Mighty Mo completes a historical visitor experience that begins with the "day of infamy" and sinking of the USS Arizona in Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, and ends with Japan's formal surrender aboard the USS Missouri in Tokyo Bay on September 2, 1945.
The USS Missouri had an astounding career over five decades and three wars – World War II, the Korean War, and Desert Storm – after which it was decommissioned and donated to the USS Missouri Memorial Association, Inc., a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. The Association operates the Battleship Missouri Memorial as a historic attraction and oversees her care and preservation with the support of visitors, memberships, grants, and donations.
The Battleship Missouri Memorial is open daily from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. General admission, which includes choice of an optional tour, is $29 per adult and $13 per child (4-12). Military, kama'aina (local resident) and school group pricing is available.
For information or reservations, call (toll-free) 1-877-644-4896 or visit USSMissouri.org.