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Check Six: The Arizona Memorial Dedication – 55 years ago

May 30, 2017

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From the Images of Old Hawaii website

Webmaster Comments: The dedication of the Arizona Memorial took place on May 30, 1962. But the real story of the memorial is in the fundraising leading up to the start of construction.  

President Dwight D Eisenhower had approved the creation of Arizona Memorial in 1958. $500,000 was needed for its construction. The public law stipulated that the monument would be built without federal funding. Several organizations and individuals helped in the effort to raise the required amount. In 1958, the Territory of Hawaii contributed the initial $50,000. It needed more money. Colonel Tom Parker offered a benefit concert with Elvis.

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