Opening of USS Arizona Exhibit - Sacred Steel
The new exhibit 'Sacred Steel' featuring a section recovered from the sunken battleship USS Arizona will be dedicated in a formal ceremony Dec. 7, 2019 at 2 pm at the Commemorative Air Force Airbase Arizona in Mesa. The public is invited to attend.
The USS Arizona sank in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii 78 years ago when Imperial Japan bombed the U.S. in a ferocious air attack, catapulting the U.S. into World War Two – one of the most consequential periods in world history.
The ceremony includes unveiling the permanent display and a 30 minute program about the inspiring significance of the exhibit. Ceremony participants will include Mesa Mayor John Giles, Mesa High School Junior ROTC, and the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Band. Authentic recordings of the announcement that shocked the American public about the attack and catapulted the U.S. into World War Two will be played. A special collection of original war posters calling citizens to unify a response to the attack and personal story of a former crewman will also go on display.
The permanent display features the recovered USS Arizona bulkhead section suspended in a specially-welded frame revealing all sides of the relic. Visitors will be able to walk around and contemplate the significance of the ‘Sacred Steel’ for its place in history and for the determination it inspired that led to Victory in World War Two.
Attendance at the special event is included in regular museum admission ($15 adults, $12 seniors and veterans, $5 kids ages 5 to 12, kids under five and disabled veterans free. Group rates of $10 each are available for adult groups of eight or more.