A U.S. Flag from the USS Arizona

30 Nov 2014 by Matthew Kwan, No Comments »

A piece of American history, a symbol of significance, an item on the USS Arizona will be displayed at the Arizona Capitol Museum in Phoenix. This piece of American history is a United States flag that witnessed attack on Pearl Harbor.

This relic will be available to be seen by the public on December 7th however, a reserved audience will be able to see the flag a day earlier. The museum will open at 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on December 7th (this is when the flag can be seen by everyone, after the event which is a day earlier.)

The flag itself contains blotches of oil-fuel stains which is the flag’s experience in that time of history. Many people have asked why not clean the flag of the oil for the flag’s presentation at the Arizona Capitol Museum. The museum’s collections manager, Alice Duckworth has answered, “If we clean this flag, we destroy a part of its history.” “We take away its experience,” Duckworth also said.

How the flag was salvaged is unknown however there are documents which show the change of ownerships of the flag. “The flag is not the larger Old Glory attached to the ship,” Duckworth said. “The flag belonged to one of the boats parked on the USS Arizona’s deck” Duckworth was saying.

In order to view the flag on December 6th, you will have to purchase a ticket for $20 if you would like to attend the event. The money will go towards the museum’s guild and honoring veterans. Admission is free when the museum opens to the public.


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