New exhibit, history day to highlight ‘Mighty Mo’

The USS Missouri approaches the end of the building ways as it is launched Jan. 29, 1944, from the Brooklyn Navy Yard. U.S. Navy photo

The USS Missouri approaches the end of the building ways as it is launched Jan. 29, 1944, from the Brooklyn Navy Yard. U.S. Navy photo

Battleship Missouri Memorial

A new exhibit titled “The War That Changed The World,” has opened aboard the Battleship Missouri Memorial in tribute to the USS Missouri’s integral role in World War II.

America’s last battleship, the massive USS Missouri, was launched out of the Brooklyn Navy Yard 71 years ago this week, to begin a vast military career that would span three wars over five decades.

This week also marks the 16th anniversary of the day the Battleship Missouri Memorial made its mark as a living piece of history in historic Pearl Harbor. On Jan. 29, 1999, 55 years after its original launch, the ship also known as the “Mighty Mo” opened its gangway, welcoming visitors to explore above and below its decks.

The battleship was the site where the Allied Forces accepted Imperial Japan’s formal surrender to end the war on Sept. 2, 1945.

The new exhibit, with life-sized artifacts and oversized images, immerses visitors into the everyday lives of people who lived through the war period. The exhibit commemorates the 70th anniversary of the end of WWII.

In addition to the new exhibit, a Living History Day will be held Saturday at the Battleship Missouri Memorial.

Admission to the Battleship Missouri Memorial will be free to Hawaii residents and members of the armed forces throughout the day.

Guests of the memorial on Living History Day can experience a variety of historical exhibits and activities. They include: • Displays of military vehicles, memorabilia and weaponry.

• Access to tour special areas of the Missouri, including the captain’s cabin and the radio room.
• Military musical bands. • Oral history presentations.
• Re-enactors in historical period dress and costumes.
• Static displays from active-duty military units on Sept. 2, 1945.

For information, call 1-877-644-4896 or visit USSMissouri.org.

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