HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - On Saturday, January 26, the Battleship Missouri Memorial will commemorate two important anniversaries – the 75th Anniversary of the USS Missouri’s Launching and its 20thAnniversary as a living educational maritime museum at Pearl Harbor. A private ceremony will begin at 7:30 a.m. on the ship’s Fantail with a reception to follow.
State of Missouri Lieutenant Governor Mike Kehoe will be in attendance and serve as the ceremony’s distinguished guest speaker. Lt. Gov. Kehoe was appointed on June 18, 2018. Prior to serving as lieutenant governor, Kehoe represented the Sixth Senatorial District covering seven mid-Missouri counties.
Commander George Howell will provide the opening address. As commander, he is responsible for at sea and shore assignments most recently serving as commanding officer for the USS Missouri (SSN 780).
Following the formal ceremony and reception, the Battleship Missouri Memorial will continue commemorating the anniversaries with its “75 Years of Living History” event. The annual event kicks off at 9 a.m. with a number of engaging events, dramatic reenactments, and historic exhibits. The public is invited to experience and enjoy the festivities until 4 p.m. when the ship closes. The 75 Years of Living History event is free for kama‘aina, military and Mighty Mo members.
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.
On January 29, 1999, the Battleship Missouri Memorial was first opened to the public as a memorial and museum, honoring those who have served aboard. The Battleship Missouri Memorial sits bow-to-bow with the USS Arizona – two battleships signifying the beginning and end of World War II.