Battleship Missouri Memorial to honor Korean War veterans on Veterans Day

| November 2, 2018 | 0 Comments
Special Tribute to the 65th Anniversary of the Korean War Armistice

– Veterans Day Sunset Ceremony 
– Sunday, November 11, 4:30 p.m.
– Battleship Missouri Memorial, Fantail Ford Island, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii
– Complimentary round-trip shuttle service to the ceremony will be available from the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center

PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii – On Sunday, November 11, Veterans Day observances around the world will culminate with a special sunset ceremony onboard the Battleship Missouri Memorial in Pearl Harbor. The Veterans Day Sunset Ceremony will honor those who have served our country with valor and heroism and pay special tribute to Korean War Veterans and the 65th Anniversary of the Korean War armistice.

The USS Arizona Memorial and USS Missouri, both stationed in Pearl Harbor, signify the beginning and ending of World War II, respectively. (Photo courtesy Battleship Missouri Memorial)

The USS Arizona Memorial and USS Battleship Missouri Memorial are both stationed in Pearl Harbor on Ford Island. (Photo courtesy Battleship Missouri Memorial)

On June 25, 1950, thousands of soldiers from North Korea crossed the 38th parallel, a boundary between the North and South. Both sides claimed to be the sole government of all of Korea, and neither side accepted the border to be permanent. This invasion was the first military action of a Cold War. A few weeks after the war began, American troops entered the battle on South Korea’s behalf. On July 27, 1953, an armistice was signed – an agreement that created a Korean Demilitarized Zone to separate North and South Korea.

Rear Admiral Jon C. Kreitz, deputy director for the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency will be the ceremony’s keynote speaker. The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency’s efforts are to account for missing Americans who are unaccounted for from past wars dating back to World War II.

Herbert Schreiner, president of the Korean War Veterans Association Hawaii Chapter 1 and retired Air Force Master Sergeant who fought in the Korean War will serve as the distinguished guest speaker.

Captain Michael A. Lilly, USN (Ret.), a board member for the USS Missouri Memorial Association, will present the ceremony’s opening address. Captain Lilly is a Vietnam War combat veteran and a retired Naval Reserve Captain after 30 years of service, including five commands.

Attendance to the ceremony is free and open to the public. Complimentary round-trip shuttle service for the ceremony will be offered from the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center beginning at 3:30 p.m.

About the Battleship Missouri Memorial 

Since opening in January 1999, the Battleship Missouri Memorial has attracted more than eight million visitors from around the world with a fascinating tour experience showcasing the USSMissouri’s unique place in history. Located a mere ship’s length from the USS Arizona Memorial, the Mighty Mo completes a historical visitor experience that begins with the “day of infamy” and sinking of the USS Arizona in Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941 and ends with Japan’s formal surrender aboard the USS Missouri in Tokyo Bay on September 2, 1945.

The USS Missouri had an astounding career over five decades and three wars – World War II, the Korean War, and Desert Storm – after which it was decommissioned and donated to the USS Missouri Memorial Association, Inc., a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. The Association operates the Battleship Missouri Memorial as a historic attraction and oversees her care and preservation with the support of visitors, memberships, grants, and donations.

The Battleship Missouri Memorial is open daily from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. General admission, which includes choice of an optional tour, is $29 per adult and $13 per child (4-12). Military, kama‘aina (local resident) and school group pricing is available. For information or reservations, call (toll-free) 1-877-644-4896 or visit USSMissouri.org.

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