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Students From Around the World Gather on the Battleship Missouri Memorial for a Friendship Ceremony & Peace Signing

Pearl Harbor, HI – (December 8, 2017) – Students from the United States, Japan and Australia gathered

onboard the Battleship Missouri Memorial for a friendship ceremony and peace signing, culminating a

research project – “War and Peace in the Pacific 75.”

The project, put on by the Australian National Maritime Museum, Bi-Centennial Gift Fund, brought

together students from nine schools in the U.S. and Australia to become experts about events during

significant battles of World War II (WWII). Each participating school had to research, write, edit and

create a short video documentary – focusing on the war from the perspective and culture of their home


“While the Mighty Mo is a memorial for many, it serves as a living piece of history for our youth,” said

Dan Parsons, Educational Director of the USS Missouri Memorial Association. “The best learning

happens out of the classroom and aboard this ship where our youth get a different view that’s up-close

and personal.”

The participating schools include:

  • Aliamanu Middle School – Honolulu, Hawaii
  • The Franciscan School – Raleigh, North Carolina
  • Analy High School – Sebastopol, California
  • Ramona High School – Ramona, California
  • Academy of the Canyons – Santa Clarita, California
  • Central Union High School – El Centro, California
  • Amaroo School – Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia
  • Lake Macquarie High School – New South Wales, Australia
  • Sendai Shiryuri Garuken Senior High School, Japan.
  • The “War and Peace in the Pacific 75” project concluded with a ceremony and peace signing agreement

    on the USS Missouri, and one youth ambassador designated from each country sharing their experiences

    on the project, and their vision for youth being active in developing a peaceful future. The USS Missouri

    Memorial Association also hosted all the students to dinner and a one-night stay onboard the Mighty Mo.

    Students From Around the World Gather on the Battleship Missouri Memorial For a Friendship

    Ceremony & Peace Signing

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    To view all nine student-produced documentaries, visit the Australian National Maritime Museum, Bi-

    Centennial Gift Fund YouTube Channel:

    The War and Peace in the Pacific Youth Friendship Ceremony can be viewed from the Australian

    National Maritime Museum, Bi-Centennial Gift Fund YouTube Channel:

    Battleship Missouri Memorial

    Since opening in January 1999, the Battleship Missouri Memorial has attracted more than 7-million

    visitors from around the world with a fascinating tour experience showcasing the USS Missouri’s unique

    place in history. Located a mere ship’s length from the USS Arizona Memorial, the Mighty Mo completes

    a historical visitor experience that begins with the “day of infamy” and sinking of the USS Arizona in

    Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, and ends with Japan’s formal surrender aboard the USS Missouri in

    Tokyo Bay on September 2, 1945.

    The USS Missouri had an astounding career over five decades and three wars – World War II, the Korean

    War, and Desert Storm – after which it was decommissioned and donated to the USS Missouri Memorial

    Association, Inc., a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. The Association operates the Battleship Missouri

    Memorial as a historic attraction and oversees her care and preservation with the support of visitors,

    memberships, grants, and donations.

    The Battleship Missouri Memorial is open daily from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. General admission, which

    includes choice of an optional tour, is $27 per adult and $13 per child (4-12). Military, kama‘aina (local

    resident) and school group pricing is available. For information or reservations, call (toll-free) 1-877-644-

    4896 or visit

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