As the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II approaches, the Battleship Missouri president is encouraging Missourians to visit the historic battleship.
The USS Missouri, which is in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, is the site where World War II ended and peace began. January marks the 75th anniversary of the launching of the ship and the 20th anniversary of the ship opening to the public.
The president of the historic battleship traveled across Missouri this week, raising awareness to honor the ship and the men and women who served on board.
"The Missouri is not abstract history," said Michael Carr, President and CEO of the Battleship Missouri Memorial. "It’s history you can feel and see and touch and imagine what it must have been like to be one of the 2,400 men serving on that ship. It’s an experience unlike any other."
Carr’s tour around the state is part of a year and a half of anniversaries leading up to the 75th anniversary of the end of WWII on board the ship, which is in September 2020.