Sacrifice For Freedom

Sacrifice for Freedom®: World War II in the Pacific Student & Teacher Institute, sponsored by the Pearl Harbor Historic Site partners, provides an exceptional opportunity for 16 student/teacher teams to study World War II in the Pacific in Honolulu, Hawaiʻi, in summer 2023.

Applications are now being accepted for the 2023 program. Click here to learn more!

The deadline to apply is Monday, November 28, 2023 at midnight HT. Teachers may submit one application. If a teacher wants to consider multiple students, the choice of student applicant must be made at the school level.

2022 Program: Testimonial Excerpts

It is difficult to put into words the immense gratitude I feel having had the opportunity to visit Oahu to learn about World War II in the Pacific. I appreciate everything that the Battleship Missouri Memorial did in order to support this process, both in terms of financial support and also hosting us at your site. Visiting the USS Missouri was an unforgettable experience....

- Erin Sullivan

Very few experiences have been as exciting and immersive as my time aboard the USS Missouri. I am truly grateful for all that you did to make it so impactful. I loved the unique opportunity to step on deck, step back in time and explore such an expansive artifact with many stories to tell. There is something significant about standing between the mountains and sea that witnessed the start of war for America, at the same time as standing where the war ended on the Missouri's deck. Everything from experiencing firsthand the life of a sailor to exploring the exhibits and participating in fantastic learning activities at the Education Resource Center made the history come alive for me.

- Andi Bradsher

....It is my sincere hope that the Battleship Missouri Memorial and associated partners continue to support the Sacrifice for Freedom program. Learning about history from a book or online is one thing, but to learn in person where the history happened from experts that have studied the events is transformative and makes a difference in a teacher's and a student's life.

- Matthew D. Elms

About the Pearl Harbor Historic Sites
Welcoming more than 1.5 million visitors each year, the Pearl Harbor Historic Sites include three independent memorials and operated by private, nonprofit organizations. Together, in partnership, they carry forth the legacies of several of our nation’s most treasured icons, enduring tributes to the valor and sacrifices of our veterans during a time when the future of our nation and the world truly hung in the balance. The result is a powerful visitor destination and cumulative educational experience that has grown. For more information, visit

2021 Program: Testimonial Excerpts 

...the Sacrifice for Freedom experience helped me appreciate military experience and especially what it meant to those who served in World War II. Through our readings, research, online sessions, talking to veterans and visiting historic sites, I now more fully understand and appreciate the sacrifices that are made to preserve the freedom of the American people.

- Helene Achgill

...Spending the night on the USS Missouri was hands down one of the coolest things I have ever done. I am so glad I had the opportunity to see what life used to be like for everyone on board and learn more about the ship. Being able to go on the deck where the Japanese surrendered to end World War II was a very special moment for me. 

- Kate Dickerson

...Beginning our day on the USS Arizona and ending it on the USS Missouri brought the events of December 7, 1941 into the real-world. I still can't believe how immersive that experience was! Walking the decks and rooms, raising the colors, eating in the galley, and sleeping in the bunks were truly unforgettable. 

Participating in this program has been a life changing experience for me, and you all helped make that happen.

- Brenton Fitzpatrick

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.

The Battleship Missouri will be closing at 2:30 pm for private events on November 9 and 10, and December 4 and 10, 2022. Please arrive at the Battleship by 1:00 pm to make the most of your visit.

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