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The USS Missouri Memorial Association,  the nonprofit organization responsible for bringing the retired USS Missouri to Pearl Harbor and establishing the Battleship Missouri Memorial, will celebrate its 20th anniversary on Sunday and will be offering special admission rates Saturday through March 31.

Two general admission tickets can be purchased for $20 total, and child admission tickets for $5 each (ages 4-12), a savings of 50 percent. Showing a Hawaii or military ID upon purchase is required. 

The association was founded on March 16, 1994 with the objective of having the USS Missouri, the battleship where World War II ended, berthed bow-to-bow to the sunken USS Arizona, the battleship signifying the war’s onset for the U.S. 

From 1994-1998, the association went to work to bring to Hawaii the USS Missouri, a gigantic battleship that stretches three football fields long, stands 20 stories tall from keel to mast and weighs 45,000 tons. A detailed proposal of the association’s plans was presented to the Secretary of the Navy and a $5.5-million line of credit was secured from a consortium of Hawaii banks, led by Bank of Hawaii, to fund the battleship’s relocation until the planned memorial could begin generating revenue. 

On May 4, 1998, the U.S. Navy made it official, donating the USS Missouri to the care of the USS Missouri Memorial Association. Seven weeks later, on June 22, 1998, the Mighty Mo was towed into Pearl Harbor and moored at Pier Foxtrot Five, the 1,000-foot pier that has been her home ever since. 

The Battleship Missouri Memorial, which has attracted nearly 6 million visitors, is open daily from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

General admission, which includes the choice of an optional tour, is normally $25 per adult and $13 per child (4-12). Military, kamaaina and school group pricing is available

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