On September 2, 2015 the Battleship Missouri Memorial commemorated the 70th Anniversary of the End of World War II with a ceremony on the Fantail under the theme 'The Day that Launched a Better Future' which included a keynote address by Senator Brian Schatz, as well as remarkes from Adm. Scott Swift, Commander of the U.S. Pacific Fleet, Congressman Mark Takai, and our Chairman of the Board, Tim Guard.
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This Signature Event is to commemorate the of 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.
The 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.