The USS Arizona Memorial recently celebrated it’s 50th anniversary this past Memorial Day. Since it’s dedication on Memorial Day in 1962 over 50 million visitors have paid their respects to the gallant sailors entombed in the Arizona resting solemn in Pearl Harbor.
With 100 million feet and 50 years of exposure to the elements, the USS Arizona Memorial is in need of repairs and restoration. An estimated $700,000 is needed for restoration plans, about $200,000 of which has already been raised. Festivities for the 50th anniversary celebrations were aimed at increasing the amount of money raised substantially.
As the standing reminder of the Japanese surprise attack of December 7, 1941, a date which will live in infamy, it is important to restore the USS Arizona Memorial for future generations to come so that they may firsthand witness the tragedies of humanity and forge a brighter future based on learning from the past.
Current renovation plans include both immediate and long-term projects. Immediate plans set to begin in June include fabricating and replacing entrance skylights, replacing all handrails, replacing corroded and rusting light fixtures, and concrete irregularities due to elemental wear.
Immediate plans are not expected to significantly impact visitors.
Long-term projects include replacing the marble wall inscribed with the sailors names who rest within the ship and the terrazzo steps of the shrine room. Replacing the flagpole attached to the main mast of the Arizona, fresh paint all around, and replacing a few existing walls are also on the long-term list.
While they are accepting direct donations, another way you can support the project is to purchase a souvenir from the gift shop located at the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center. With everything from historic movies and documentaries to refrigerator magnets, the gift shop has something for you and all of your loved ones back home.
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