Arizona State University is helping Secretary of State Ken Bennett get a little publicity for his efforts to bring two World War II-era warship guns to the Capitol.
ASU has agreed to air a new ad aimed at drumming up support for the guns at Friday’s football game at Sun Devil Stadium between the Sun Devils and the University of Missouri.
“They said they’re going to try to play it throughout the game a couple times, so we’ll see where it fits into the program. I was hoping, personally, after every ASU touchdown, but we’ll see,” said Bennett spokesman Matt Roberts.
The ad was produced by a volunteer named Ty Ng, who owns the production company TwinTygr Films, Roberts said. The 40-second video features Bennett speaking in front of the Capitol about the guns, spliced with modern-day footage of Pearl Harbor.
Roberts said Bennett hopes to air the ad on television at some point, but has only raised about $1,000 of the $500,000 needed. He said the Secretary of State’s Office is hoping to get local networks and ESPN, which is broadcasting the game, to show the video during their broadcasts about the game.
Bennett is trying to raise money to transfer two guns from the USS Arizona and the USS Missouri and refurbish them so they can be put on permanent display at Wesley Bolin Park in time for the 70th anniversary of the Dec. 7, 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor that marked the United States’ entry into World War II. The USS Arizona was sunk in the attack, and the USS Missouri was the site of the Japanese surrender in 1945.
Bennett recently launched GunsToSaluteTheFallen.com to raise money for the effort to relocate the guns to Arizona.