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Guns for WWII memorial to arrive in Phoenix

While the USS Arizona’s destruction heralded the United States’ entry into World War II, the USS Missouri closed out the war as the site of Japan’s surrender. Secretary of State Ken Bennett says guns from both ships can illustrate the beginning and end of the war if displaying alongside the USS Arizona’s anchor in Wesley Bolin Memorial Plaza. (Photo Courtesy of the Arizona Secretary of State’s Office)

The gun barrels from the Arizona and the USS Missouri will be delivered by railcar. Veterans of both battleships will be honored at the event.

The Arizona was sunk during the attack on Pearl Harbor at the opening of America’s involvement in the war, while the Missouri was the site of the Japanese surrender ceremony that ended the war.

Bennett’s office has estimated the memorial’s cost to be about $500,000. Corporate donations of services are expected to cover significant portions of the work.

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