End of WWII Commemoration

Join Us to Remember and Honor

78th Anniversary of The End of World War II

DATE: SEPTEMBER 2, 2023 • 9:02 A.M.

September 2 commemorates 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 these words at the Surrender, “…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 have faith, to believe that there remains goodness in humanity even during the darkest of times, and to maintain that hope 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.

Theme – Heroes of the Homefront: Celebrating the Shipyard Workers of WWII

Heroes of the Homefront: Celebrating the Shipyard Workers of WWII

During the global turmoil of World War II, shipyards nationwide ramped up their production to support the war effort. Extensive mobilization initiatives were undertaken to swiftly expand shipbuilding capacity and meet the urgent demands for warships. 

Amidst the war's chaos, the shipyards experienced a remarkable workforce transformation. Women, minorities, and immigrants entered the scene, defying traditional gender and racial roles to fill positions that had been predominantly held by men. Overcoming obstacles, they made invaluable contributions to the shipbuilding process.

The shipyard workers' stories during this period were nothing short of extraordinary. Their tireless dedication and unwavering commitment played a pivotal role in constructing and repairing the formidable naval vessels that turned the tide of the war. 

World War II spurred remarkable advancements in shipyard innovation and technology. The exhibition showcases groundbreaking techniques like prefabrication and assembly-line processes, enabling the rapid production of ships on an unprecedented scale. 

The shipyard workers faced numerous challenges, including long hours, hazardous working conditions, and the constant threat of enemy attacks. The exhibition underscores the sacrifices they made in support of the war effort, often enduring immense pressure and personal hardships. 

Despite these trials, the shipyard workers developed a strong collective spirit and camaraderie, forming a tight-knit community that exemplified their resilience, determination, and unwavering dedication to the common cause. 

Their pivotal role in securing victory during the war reverberated beyond those years, shaping the post-war industrial and economic landscape.


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