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Considered the bookends of the U.S. involvement in World War II, the USS Arizona (above) is attacked at Pearl Harbor in 1941, and the Japanese come aboard the USS Missouri (below) to sign a surrender agreement in 1945. Arizona’s planned WWII Memorial will include historic gun barrels from both the Arizona and the Missouri.

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USS Arizona: Honor the Fallen - Paver Project raises funds for state's WWII Memorial

The path to victory in World War II was paved with the lives of valiant service men and women who fought and died for liberty around the globe.