SHRINE ROOM WALL
The USS Arizona Memorial grew out of the post-wartime desire to honor those who lost their lives on December 7, 1941. Dedicated on Memorial Day, 1962, the structure is arguably one of the world's foremost architectural icons of remembrance.
The Memorial will celebrate its 50th birthday on Memorial Day, May 28, 2012.
Over the years, due to the natural exposure to weather, salt water spray, and foot traffic of more than 50 million visitors, the Memorial is in need of an extensive restoration.
_Perhaps the most notable restoration is the deteriorating Shrine Room Wall which lists the 1,177 Marines and Sailors who lost their lives on December 7, 1941. The wall and surrounding floor are stained, chipped and rusted; even spelling errors and erroneous ranks must be corrected.
_ The USS Arizona Memorial’s unique position in Pearl Harbor, floating above the sunken battleship captures an important moment in our history. As such, it is our duty to protect and preserve it—not only for those that it honors, but also for the more than 1.5 million visitors that the Memorial receives annually. Their visits to the Memorial ensure that the courage and sacrifice displayed on December 7th, nearly 70 years ago, will never be forgotten.