Living History Day celebrates battleship’s anniversaries

A view from the deck of the Battleship Missouri for Living History Day 2018.

Story and photos by Battleship Missouri Memorial

History came to life Jan. 27 at the Battleship Missouri Memorial for Living History Day. The daylong event featured performances by the U.S. Army 25th Infantry Division Tropic Knights Band, high school jazz bands, re-enactment presentations, special tours and historic exhibits.

Living History Day signifies two important anniversaries for the Mighty Mo — its launch into service on Jan. 29, 1944, and the public opening as an historic attraction on Jan. 29, 1999.

A vintage 1946 Globe Swift aircraft flies over the Mighty Mo.

The USS Missouri played an integral part in the Allied Forces success in the Pacific in World

War II, which concluded with the formal surrender by Japan on the hallowed decks of the Mighty Mo.

Celtic Pipes & Drums of Hawaii perform in front of the Mighty Mo.

“Living History Day is a day to look back and honor the USS Missouri and all the men and women who have fought for America’s freedoms,” said Michael Carr, president and CEO of the USS Missouri Memorial Association, caretaker of the Battleship Missouri Memorial.

Attendees were able to experience exhibits of military vehicles, memorabilia and wartime weaponry, oral history and re-enactment presentations from the World War II era, tour the battleship and take part in all the activities provided.

The Hawaii Historic Arms Association, one of the exhibitors participating in the event, showcases weaponry from the World War II era.

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