PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii (AP) - World War II veterans, their families and officials marked the 65th anniversary of the end of that war on board the same ship where Japan formally surrendered in 1945.
The battleship Missouri now houses a museum and is permanently moored at Pearl Harbor just behind the USS Arizona, which sank in the Japanese attack that pushed the U.S. into the war in 1941.
Sen. Daniel Inouye told the crowd Thursday that the two ships are the bookends of World War II.
The Hawaii Democrat says the Arizona represents the sacrifice and resilient spirit of the American people.
He says the Missouri speaks of America's triumphant victory, while the two ships together send a strong message that Americans endure hardships, persevere and emerge victorious.
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