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In 1961 Elvis Presley put the stalled USS Arizona Memorial project back on track financially with a special charity concert performance. In fact
Hawaiian newspapers have printed reports with headlines that Elvis, “rescued the Arizona memorial” and that “Elvis ‘built’ the Arizona Memorial.” Yet
Pacific Historic Parks and the National Park Service, refuse to acknowledge  Elvis and his efforts which secured the building the memorial we see

November 2017 and Elvis Express Radio are reliably informed that Elvis Presley's connection to the USS Arizona's memorial is to be pushed into the shadows and not even be
mentioned. This is an injustice and should not be allowed to happen, now is the time for Elvis fans to join together and stand up for Elvis.

At this time, the USS Arizona Memorial committee are planning an all new museum and a source close to this committee has informed Elvis Express Radio that the politicians and
the U.S. Navy are unanimous in their in their willingness to erase Elvis from the USS Arizona Memorial.

As most fans are aware, there was a plaque with Elvis’ contribution on display for many years at the memorial, it was removed in 1987 by the Federal Parks and Recreation board.

However, if you go to the Visitor Center and ask about a plaque in recognition of Elvis and his contribution, the staff and other Officials will happily tell you that Elvis Presley is
recognized at Bloch Arena, where the actual concert was held. Well that's good isn't it? Not really, you see, civilians will never be able to see that plaque due to the fact that they
are not allowed to visit the Bloch Arena since it is on an active U.S. Military base.

We NEED YOU to join with us to spread the word via email, Facebook, Twitter, Snail Mail or anyway you can to tell the committee that it's only right and just that Elvis and his
important contribution in ensuring the Memorial happen is secured and is represented with a permanent exhibit in their nice new museum.

As fans of Elvis we need to all join together in one voice to get Elvis recognise......Lets all TCB-4-EAP

Elvis needs us all to contact the powers that be via these details below. - Plus check out some of the history with Elvis & the Arizona Memorial further down...

Physical Address for Pearl Harbor Visitor Center:
USS Arizona Memorial
1 Arizona Memorial Pl,
HI 96818,

Official Pacific Historic Parks Website - USS Arizona Memorial - Pearl Harbor

Official USS Arizona Memorial Facebook Page

By Email:
General Information

By Phone:
(808) 422-3399
The attack on Pearl Harbor was a surprise military strike by the Imperial Japanese Navy Air Service against the United States naval base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii Territory, on the
morning of December 7, 1941. The attack commenced at 7:48 a.m. Hawaiian Time. The base was attacked by 353 Japanese aircraft in two waves, launched from six Japanese
aircraft carriers.

The unprovoked attack cost the lives of 2,403 Americans and wounded 1,178 others. All eight U.S. Navy battleships were damaged, with four sunk. All but the USS Arizona were
later raised, and six were returned to service and went on to fight in the war. The Japanese also sank or damaged three cruisers, three destroyers, an anti-aircraft training ship and
one minelayer. They also destroyed 188 U.S. aircraft.

REMEMBER: When writing, it won't hurt to mention
* 1943, Plans for a permanent memorial were started.
* 1949, an organized effort began following the creation of the Pacific War Memorial Commission (PWMC). Target of $500,000 expected to be raised by the end of 1960?
* 1950, Admiral Arthur Radford had a flagstaff placed on the wreck and ordered that the colors be raised at the site every day.
* 1958, President Eisenhower signs Public Law 85-344 allowing the PWMC to help raise the $500,000 on the Navy’s behalf needed for the construction of the memorial
* 1960, after 10 years, donations had slowed to a trickle & only $155,000 had been raised. Leaving a hole of $345,000.

As soon as Elvis heard about the struggling campaign and with Parkers agreement, the idea of putting on a fund-raising concert began to take shape. Elvis was a huge patriot, the
idea of doing something to honour the lives lost at Pearl Harbour filled him with pride. Elvis genuinely believed in the cause and wanted to help.

The PWMC jumped at Elvis’ offer of help and began making arrangements with the U.S. Navy to hold the benefit concert at the 4,000 seat Bloch Arena at Pearl Harbor.

January 11th 1961, at a press conference, it's announced that Elvis will be coming to Honolulu, Hawaii on Saturday March 25th, to perform a special benefit concert for the USS
Arizona Memorial Fund. Elvis insists that every penny taken through ticket prices etc must go direct to the memorial fund. In fact, Elvis demands this otherwise, he would not be
taking part in the show. Elvis would also go on to purchase the first ticket for $100.

The venue, the Bloch Arena had 4,000 seats and it was decided that the 300 seats nearest to the stage would be sold for $100 each. While the other ticket prices would sell for
$10, $5, $3.50, and $3.

It was made clear that not one person will get a free ticket to this show. The chairman of the USS Arizona Memorial Fund Commision, Mr H. Tucker Gratz, announced to the press
that even the performers, Colonel Parker and Elvis himself would have to buy tickets.

He went on to state that Elvis would be paying all other performers out of his own pocket, and all expenses would be donated. Elvis also bought dozens more $100 tickets to give to
staff and patients at a military hospital.

Gatz added, “This is a little bit like a kid who has heard of Santa Claus and can’t believe it. Our sincere thanks to Elvis and Colonel Parker. It’s hard to believe this is real.”

On March 25th 1961:
The Pacific War Memorial Commission made Elvis an honorary member of that committee.

The USS Arizona Memorial Committee agreed that without Elvis Presley's concert, the USS Arizona memorial may have NEVER BEEN COMPLETED.

In 1991, reporter, George Chaplin wrote in the Honolulu Advertiser: “His [Presley’s] Hawaii concert did more than raise money. It created national publicity and revived public
sentiment for the memorial. That September, Congress was prodded into voting $150,000; then the Hawaii Legislature added $50,000 to a previous contribution.”

The next year, on Memorial Day in 1962, the USS Arizona memorial was dedicated.

YES, it's true that other people  also helped raise funds for the memorial, BUT why is the committee refusing to recognize a fellow U.S. Veteran for all he did to ensure a permanent
memorial was achieved?

Pacific Historic Parks proudly states on its brochures that
“history is important — it needs to be protected, researched, preserved and passed on to future
So why is this important part of the USS Arizona Memorial’s history being left out of the story?

Elvis never forgot the Arizona, and the Navy did not forget Elvis. When Elvis died, the 14th Naval District in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii sent a telegram to Vernon:
“Elvis Presley was greatly admired by the Navy men and women, past and present, of the 50th State,” the telegram read. “Your great loss is deeply shared by all of us who
remember Elvis Presley as an outstanding American who loved his country and felt a kindred spirit with American men and women in uniform.”

The Navy also showed is gratitude by placing a wreath for him at the U.S.S. Arizona Memorial......An even greater insult that they now IGNORE the HUGE part he played.

1961, Elvis helped secure the funds to build the Memorial, THEN 50 years on in 2011,  Elvis Presley was called on again for help....The Pacific Historic Parks, in partnership with
Elvis Presley Enterprises Inc., put on sale a special limited edition T-shirt for $24.95 to commemorate the historic benefit concert at Pearl Harbor’s Bloch Arena on March 25, 1961.

“For us, recognizing this benefit concert is a way of making the public aware of the cultural history of the memorial,“ said Daniel Martinez, Pearl Harbor historian for the National
Park Service’s World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument.

Proceeds supported the educational programs at the USS Arizona Memorial and the new $56 million Pearl Harbor Visitor Center, the very same center the committee are refusing to
allow any kind of exhibit to commemorate the essential role that Elvis played in helping make the memorial what it is today.