Purpose of the Monument
Dwight D. Eisenhower approved creation of the USS Arizona Memorial in 1958 to commemorate military personnel killed in the Pearl Harbor attack. On December 5, 2008, an executive order established the USS Arizona Memorial and other Pearl Harbor sites as part of the World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument, Pearl Harbor. The purpose statement lays the foundation for understanding what is most important about the monument.
World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument, Pearl Harbor and its partners preserve, interpret, and commemorate the history of World War II in the Pacific from the events leading to the December 7, 1941, attack on Oah'u, to peace and reconciliation.