PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii (NNS) -- Service members from the island of Oahu, veterans and government employees attended the 67th anniversary of the end of World War II ceremony, held aboard the Battleship Missouri Memorial Sept. 2.
The world watched as the Japanese surrendered to the United States, ending World War II, Sept. 2, 1945.
"On this day 67 years ago in Tokyo Bay, history's most devastating war came to an end as Imperial Japan formally and unconditionally surrendered to allied forces on this very ship," said Michael A. Carr, president and chief operating officer, USS Missouri Memorial Association.
More than 2,000 Sailors and Marines attended the original surrender ceremony, which lasted less than 30 minutes and brought one of the bloodiest and most devastating wars in human history to an end.
"We must never forget the sacrifices of the past generations, which allowed us to have the freedoms that we do today. The USS Missouri is a constant reminder of those sacrifices," stated Mark Polivka, board of directors, USS Missouri Memorial Association.
During the ceremony, Sailors from Navy Health Clinic Hawaii preformed an Old Glory flag presentation, and presented the flag to retired Gunner's Mate 1st Class Daniel Charles Poling.
"It's just like old times. Glad to be back aboard," said Poling. "There are things I will never forget."
Poling enlisted in 1942, and became a crewmember of USS Missouri (BB-63) where he was assigned to the number one turret during the Korean War. Poling retired in 1962 with the rare accomplishment of having served in all of World War II's major theaters of operations and the Korean War.
The ceremony came to an end with a U.S Navy ceremonial gun salute, Amazing Grace performed by Celtic Pipes and Drummers of Hawaii and echo taps played by the U.S. Pacific Fleet Band.
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