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Wednesday, September 2, 2015

9:02 a.m.

Battleship Missouri Memorial

Join us as we remember the Day that Launched a Better Future with a ceremony to commemorate the 70th Anniversary of the End of WWII at the very ship where the Instrument of Surrender was signed. The USS Missouri Memorial Association is proud to observe this important day in history as well as reflect on how it has shaped our lives and continues to guide our future.

For updates on activities and speakers and to confirm your attendance at this significant anniversary event, please continue to check back often.

his Signature Event is to commemorate the of the formal conclusion of WWII, when hope for an enduring peace once again seemed possible for the world.  Through this ceremony, we aim to inspire, educate and motivate all nationalities and generations on the universal values of duty, honor, strength, resolve, sacrifice and peace.

The Missouri is an international icon, an enduring reminder of the unsurpassed courage and sacrifice of all WWII veterans, as well as a symbol of hope. The most destructive and devastating war in the history of the world ended with the stroke of a pen and words of reconciliation and hope, and as MacArthur spoke at the Surrender, it was a hope shared by all mankind:

“…It is my earnest hope and indeed the hope of all mankind that from this solemn occasion a better world shall emerge out of the blood and carnage of the past – a world founded upon faith and understanding – a world dedicated to the dignity of man and the fulfillment of his most cherished wish – for freedom, tolerance and justice….”

As Japanese delegate Toshikazu Kase expressed in his book Journey to Missouri:

“…The day will come when recorded time, age upon age, will seem but a point in retrospect. However, happen what may in the future, this day on the Missouri will stand out as a bright point that marks a tireless march toward an enduring peace. ..”

Each year, this ceremony reminds us of the cost of war and the courage it takes to hope, to have faith, to believe that there remains goodness in humanity even during the darkest of times, and to maintain that hope eternal in the face of continued threat of war and destruction.  As it was expressed so eloquently on the day of the surrender, we must remember and learn from our past, and to educate and inspire current and future generations with the lessons of war and peace.


Artifacts for Display on September 2, 2015

  • Original duplicate of the Instrument of Surrender along with associated documents provided to all Allied nations

  • Full-size photo-duplicate of Japan's copy of the Instrument of Surrender provided by Japan's Foreign Ministry

  • Two of the pens used by FADM Nimitz to sign the orignal Instrument of Surrender

    Radiograms to and from Halsey's Third Fleet Command during the period surrounding WWII's end

  • Various surrender cards

  • War correspondents' first-hand, type-written article drafts describing the end of the war and occupation of Japan

  • Battleship Missouri newspapers

  • Personal correspondence and diary entries about WWII's end

  • Photographs documenting the period leading up to, including, and following the formal surrender, as well as images of other surrenders of Japanese forces around the Asia Pacific region

  • Photographs from the National Archives documenting the period surrounding WWII's end