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Anniversary of the end of WWII marked at USS Missouri memorial

September 3, 2012
The Maui News

PEARL HARBOR (AP) - The Battleship Missouri Memorial marked the 67th anniversary of the end of World War II with a ceremony at Pearl Harbor.

Sunday's ceremony was held on the deck of the decommissioned battleship on the anniversary of the day Japanese officials came aboard to formally surrender.

The USS Missouri was anchored in Tokyo Bay on Sept. 2, 1945, when Japanese Foreign Minister Mamoru Shigemitsu and Army Gen. Yoshijiro Umezu boarded and signed the documents. Several Allied leaders, including Gen. Douglas MacArthur and Adm. Chester Nimitz, were present.

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A rifle salute was part of the ceremony on the Battleship Missouri Memorial on Sunday that recalled the 67th anniversary of the end of World War II that occurred on the ship’s deck.
Battleship Missouri Memorial photo

Sunday's keynote speaker, James Zobel, senior archivist for the General Douglas MacArthur Memorial in Norfolk, Va, spoke about the importance that World War II and the surrender had in shaping today's world, a news release by the Battleship Missouri Memorial said.

Christian Wells of Roosevelt High School, winner of the "MacArthur's Words" essay contest, read his work.

The Pacific Fleet Band performed, and there was a rifle salute and "echo taps."

The vessel is now a museum called the Battleship Missouri Memorial. It has been moored in Pearl Harbor for the past decade, overlooking the spot where the USS Arizona sank during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941.



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