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On Sept. 2, military leaders, service personnel, elected officials, community members and World War II veterans gathered onboard the Battleship Missouri Memorial in Honolulu, formerly the USS Missouri, to honor the 69th anniversary of World War II’s end. After the ceremony, the retired ship’s renovated wardroom was revealed with a traditional Hawaiian blessing and the untying of a maile lei (a lei reserved for special occasions). The historical wardroom will now be available as an event venue.
“This is a special day to honor the service and sacrifice of all those who fought to protect our lives and liberty in World War II, and those who continue to do so today,” said Tim Guard, chairman of the board for the USS Missouri Memorial Association and caretaker of the Battleship Missouri Memorial.