Veterans Day Virtual Ceremony

Due to COVID-19, the Battleship Missouri Memorial will be presenting a Virtual Sunset Ceremony to commemorate our veterans this year.

This year’s ceremony, aside from paying tribute to all veterans past and present, will mark the 30th anniversary of the end of Operation Desert Storm and honor all Gulf War Veterans.

Thirty years ago, on January 17, 1991, a coalition of nearly 40 countries led by the United States launched an air attack on Iraqi forces in both Iraq and Kuwait. This marked the end of Operation Desert Shield and the beginning of Operation Desert Storm – a military operation to expel occupying Iraqi forces from Kuwait, which Iraq had invaded and annexed months earlier.

The USS Missouri was at the forefront of this massive effort to free the people of Kuwait from tyranny and drive out the invading Iraqi forces. Mighty Mo launched its first Tomahawk missile at Iraqi targets at 1:40 a.m. on the morning of January 17. Altogether, the USS Missouri fired a total of 28 Tomahawk missiles and 759 rounds from its massive 16-inch guns during Operation Desert Storm to both repel Iraqi forces and protect the coalition’s Armed Forces.

The U.S.-led coalition, including several Arab nations, flew more than 18,000 air deployment missions, more than 116,000 combat air sorties, and dropped 88,500 tons of bombs. The air attacks lasted six weeks and the ground operations lasted 100 hours before Kuwait was liberated. The coalition air campaign against Iraqi forces was one of the most concentrated air assaults in military history.

More than 700,000 American troops deployed and were stationed on the Saudi-Iraqi border. After 42 days of relentless attacks, President George H.W. Bush declared a cease-fire on February 28. Kuwait was liberated and free from Iraq’s rule.

All are invited to take part in this virtual celebration honoring the brave men and women who have fought and sacrificed for our liberty and freedom. This year, we want all veterans to enjoy the recognition they deserve as safely as possible. Let us remember all of those who have fought and continue to fight for our country and our freedom.

Thursday, November 11, 2021, 4:30-5:30 p.m.
30th Anniversary of the End of Operation Desert Storm

2021 Veterans Day Sunrise Online Program please click here.

PLEASE JOIN US on November 11, at 4:30 PM (HST) for a LIVE sunset Veterans Day Ceremony from the Fantail of the USS Missouri. Check on our Facebook page and YouTube Channel for a live feed.

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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