End of WWII Commemoration

Join Us to Remember and Honor

76th Anniversary of The End of World War II

September 2, 1945, World War II came to an end on the decks of the USS 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.

The Official 76th Commemoration of the End of WWII will be held on the Fantail of the USS Missouri. Due to COVID-19, the Battleship Missouri Memorial is unable to host its annual Ceremony. Instead, we will be presenting a Virtual Ceremony and will be live-streamed through Battleship Missouri Memorial’s Facebook and YouTube Channel.

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

PLEASE JOIN US on Sept 02, at 9:02 AM (HST) for our 76th Anniversary of The End of World War II ceremony. Check on our Facebook page, and YouTube Channel for a live feed.

76th Ended of WWII

This Signature Event is to commemorate the formal conclusion of WWII, when hope for an enduring peace once again seemed possible for the world. Through this ceremony, we aim to inspire, educate and motivate all nationalities and generations on the universal values of duty, honor, strength, resolve, sacrifice and peace. Missouri is an international icon, an enduring reminder of the unsurpassed courage and sacrifice of all WWII veterans, as well as a symbol of hope.

The most destructive and devastating war in the history of the world ended with the stroke of a pen and words of reconciliation and hope, and as MacArthur spoke at the Surrender, it was a hope shared by all mankind: “…It is my earnest hope and indeed the hope of all mankind that from this solemn occasion a better world shall emerge out of the blood and carnage of the past – a world founded upon faith and understanding – a world dedicated to the dignity of man and the fulfillment of his most cherished wish – for freedom, tolerance and justice…”. As Japanese delegate Toshikazu Kase expressed in his book Journey to Missouri: “…The day will come when recorded time, age upon age, will seem but a point in retrospect. However, happen what may in the future, this day on the Missouri will stand out as a bright point that marks a tireless march toward an enduring peace...”.

Each year, this ceremony reminds us of the cost of war and the courage it takes to hope, to have faith, to believe that there remains goodness in humanity even during the darkest of times, and to maintain that hope eternal in the face of continued threat of war and destruction. As it was expressed so eloquently on the day of the surrender, we must remember and learn from our past, and to educate and inspire current and future generations with the lessons of war and peace.



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Instagram @BattleshipMissouri

Media Contacts

Jaclyn Hawse
Director of Communications & Business Development, Battleship Missouri Memorial
Tel: (808) 455-1600 x246
Fax: (808) 455-1598

Patrick Dugan
Senior Vice President, Public Relations Group, Anthology Marketing Group
Tel: (808) 539-3411

We ask that all guests remember to stay a safe distance from other visitors while exploring the ship.

As the state of this public health emergency changes from day to day, we will remain focused on keeping our employees and our visitors safe, healthy, and informed. For more information on how to safely visit the Mighty Mo, click here.

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