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USS Arizona Memorial Seeking Donations For Repairs

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.

Aerial View of USS Arizona

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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.

Veterans remember their shipmates

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.

Scroll down to read more about the recent Memorial Day festivities celebrating the USS Arizona Memorial’s 50th anniversary.

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Bands For Arms: Handmade Pearl Harbor Commemoration Bracelets

To commemorate the 70th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor, a company called Bands For Arms is creating a series of handmade bracelets made from the uniforms of military service members. The Pearl Harbor Collection includes six bracelets and will be available on July 4th, 2011. The Pearl Harbor attacks took place on December 7, 1941.

In everything Bands For Arms does, their main mission is to support military non-profit organizations and continue to provide a link between service members and loved ones. They donate 50% of the sale price to organizations like USO Japan, the National World War II Museum, Project Lifting Spirits and the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation.

Proceeds from the Pearl Harbor Collection will go to The Arizona Memorial. Bands For Arms owner Nick Mendoza III and fellow Bands For Arms staff will present them in August 2011.

Bands For Arms’ goal is to bring awareness to our American military by bracelets made from actual service members’ and veterans’ uniforms.

Every band, necklace and artwork created by Bands For Arms includes an information card with background on who originally donated the uniform-turned-artful-accessory. Bands in the Pearl Harbor Collection include:

  • Arizona
  • Oahu
  • Utah
  • Oklahoma
  • Ford Island
  • Corpsman

Owner Nick Mendoza III founded Bands For Arms in hopes of strengthening communication pathways between families and those serving in the military. Nick’s inspiration came when he lost a friend in 2009 and the friend’s mother wished they could have keep in touch more often.

“Nick wanted to make a difference in military members’ hearts by making a continuous effort to keep lines of communication open with their loved ones.”

For more information, check out the Bands For Arms Facebook page, or visit their official website, www.bandsforarms.com.