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USS Arizona Memorial Marks 50th Anniversary on Memorial Day Weekend

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The USS Arizona Memorial turns 50 years old this year, and to commemorate the 50th anniversary, and to recognize Memorial Day 2012, the WWII Valor in the Pacific National Monument in Honolulu, Hawaii will be hosting a number of special events from May 25 to May 28.

arizona_memorial2These observances will include:

May 25
USS Arizona Memorial Fundraiser 2012 Golf Event
Kaneohe Klipper Golf Course
Marine Corps Base, Kaneohe Bay
This is an official USS Arizona Memorial fundraiser event, organized by the USS Arizona Memorial Post and the AMVETS Hawaii, in order to help raise $1 million in funds for the restoration of USS Arizona Memorial. Enjoy a day of golf with some of Hawaii's top military officials and returning and wounded veterans while supporting a great cause. Fee: $150 per golfer (includes banquet). More information at
www.ussarizonamemorial.us .

May 26 to May 28
Marine Corps Honor Guard
USS Arizona Memorial
The Marine Corps Honor Guard from Kaneohe Bay will hold a vigil guard in the shrine room of the Memorial in honor of the 50th anniversary.

May 27
Due to the 50th anniversary ceremony being held on the USS Arizona Memorial, all public programs will be cancelled starting at noon. The Pearl Harbor Visitor Center, its audio tour, and its two museums will remain open during its regular hours from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

May 28
Special Floral Tribute
A special floral tribute will be provided for all public programs on Memorial Day. WWII Valor in the Pacific National Monument will pay tribute to all who gave their lives in service to this country by providing every program ticket holder a tribute flower and a commemorative card. They will be able to participate in a floral tribute during their visit to the USS Arizona Memorial.

May 27-May 28
Golden Anniversary Pearl Harbor Boat Tours
Starting at 5:30 p.m.
Pearl Harbor Visitor Center
In honor of the Memorial's 50th anniversary, Pearl Harbor Boat Tours (PHBT) is asking visitors to make a donation to the USS Arizona Memorial Restoration Project. In appreciation of a gift of $50 or more, PBHT is inviting participants  a guest to join a special Sunset Boat Tour to the USS Arizona Memorial. This rare opportunity to experience the Memorial after hours will include a fully-narrated tour around Ford Island led by National Park Service Rangers. For more information, or to reserve seats, please call (808) 954-8721.

The USS Arizona Memorial was completed on May 25, 1962 and dedicated on Memorial Day, May 30, 1962.

As noted on the Pacific Historic Parks Webpage, years of fundraising and dedication to the remembrance ideal resulted in an eloquent, understated structure. Over 200 guests attended the dedication and listened to stirring speeches and the strains of carillon music.

Prayers were said, hymns were sung, and taps echoed hauntingly through the Memorial structure. A Marine honor guard stationed on the remnants of the old Memorial provided the proceedings' final punctuation with a volley of rifle fire.

The USS Arizona Memorial had moved from dream, to an idea, to an icon of America's past. Today it embodies the tragedy and grief of a nation within an edifice of dignity and grace. It remains a place where the world comes to remember Pearl Harbor.

For more information on the USS Arizona Memorial, along with World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument information, visit the Web site at
www.nps.gov/valr .

The non-profit Pacific Historic Parks supports and funds educational materials, museum exhibits, and interpretive programs for four National Parks throughout the Pacific. Visit the organization's Web site at www.pacifichistoricparks.org .

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