By: Roger Mari
Honolulu (KHNL)-Sixty-two years ago today, the nation celebrated the end of World War II. The Japanese surrender happened on board the U.S.S. Missouri in Tokyo Bay.
The battleship now sits in Pearl Harbor where today's ceremony took place.
More than 60 years ago, the U.S.S. Missouri was bombarded by kamikaze planes in the pacific. Now it's a tourist attraction in Pearl Harbor and a special place where veterans can celebrate the ending of the war, and remember their comrades who didn't make it.
You couldn't ask for a better venue to celebrate and remember those who sacrificed their lives for freedom.
It's very appropriate to have it here because this is where world war two started and it should be here to commemorate the end of world war two," said veteran Tommy Lau.
The U.S.S. Missouri will always be remembered as the site where the war ended, but during the war it was chaos on deck.
"It brings memories of kamikazes hitting that cable parts of the plane went here and caught fire," said veteran Edwin Ogonowski.
The ending of the war was a great relief for those who served in WW II. But 62 years later the U.S. finds itself involved in another war. The "mighty mo" is out of commission but it serves as a reminder that the U.S. must remain vigilant in its war against a new enemy.
"It is our mission in the pacific to secure and foster peace and stability throughout the region so it couples the memory of the surrender with the mission we have today," said Admiral Timothy Keating.
Many veterans lost their lives during WW II but some are still around to celebrate their great victory.
"It makes me feel good that they are still existing and still coming to these occasions I'm proud," said veteran Edwin Ogonowski.
Although he almost lost his life during battle aboard the U.S.S. Missouri, 82-year-old veteran Edwin Ogonowski can't think of a better place he'd like to spend the rest of his life.
"If I didn't have a family and was all alone, I'd move to Hawaii and I'd be on the ship everyday," said veteran Edwin Ogognowski.