The 70th anniversary of the launch of USS Missouri will be celebrated Feb. 1 at Pearl Harbor, where the famed battleship is berthed as a museum.
The ship was christened Jan. 29, 1944, as World War II raged in the Pacific. On the Missouri’s deck on Sept. 2, 1945, as it was anchored in Tokyo Bay, the Japanese signed the documents of surrender that ended the war.
Actors portraying wartime heroes, including Gen. Douglas MacArthur and Adm. Chester Nimitz, both of whom signed the historic documents for the United States, will participate in “living history” activities at the Oahu landmark. Several people in period dress will add to the authenticity. Bands, displays of military memorabilia and oral history presentations will round out the special events.
Visitors can also tour the Mighty Mo, which is the length of three football fields and 20 stories tall from keel to mast. It was the last battleship built by the U.S. Navy.
The Feb. 1 celebration at the Battleship Missouri Memorial will run 8 a.m.-4 p.m.
Admission is $22 for adults and $11 for children 4-12. Hawaii residents will be admitted free on Feb. 1.