Learning Our Past Educates Us for Our Future

Do you remember this from Winston Churchill?

Those who fail to learn from history are condemned to repeat it.

On September 2nd 1945 World War ll ended when U.S. General Douglas MacArthur accepted Japan’s formal surrender aboard the USS battleship Missouri.

Every year on this day, we pay tribute to the past and honor the present. As we reflect and look back, we’re also reminded of what lies ahead. Eighty years ago, the USS Missouri’s keel was laid at the Brooklyn Naval Shipyard on January 6, 1941. From the Mighty Mo’s humble beginnings to now serving as an altar of peace, this year’s ceremony pays a special acknowledgment to the next 80 years and beyond. From dry docking to major restoration endeavors, the Battleship Missouri Memorial forges ahead in an effort to continue her mission of restoring peace and remaining a symbol of hope for the world.

Date: Thursday, September 2, 2021 • 9:02 a.m.


The Official 76th Commemoration of the End of WWII will be held on the Fantail of the USS Missouri. The guests of honor will include Delegations and Veterans. This event is invitation-only and will be live-streamed through Battleship Missouri Memorial’s Facebook and YouTube Channel.

PLEASE JOIN US on Sept 02, at 9:02 AM (HST) for our 76th Anniversary of The End of World War II ceremony.

The official ceremony will be livestreamed from the deck of the USS Missouri. Check on our Facebook page, and YouTube Channel for a live feed.

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