The USS Arizona Memorial’s construction grew out of a wartime resolve to honor those who lost their lives during the Dec. 7, 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor. It was dedicated on Memorial Day, 1962.
The 184-foot-long memorial structure spans the mid-portion of the sunken battleship — the final resting place for many of the ship's 1,177 crewmen who lost their lives during the attack that propelled the U.S. into World War II.
To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the USS Arizona Memorial and to recognize Memorial Day 2012, WWII Valor in the Pacific National Monument is hosting several special events, beginning tomorrow and concluding on the evening of Mon., May 28.
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