Officials from Hawaii sent Herndon Patch this exciting photo of our very own Pride of Herndon marching band from Herndon High School performing in front of the Battleship Missouri Memorial, known as the "Mighty Mo," in Hawaii on Thursday, in advance of their Pearl Harbor Day performance Saturday.
"Visitors to the Battleship Missouri Memorial on Thursday, Dec. 5 were treated to a special performance by the Herndon High School Band of Herndon, Virginia. Known as the Pride of Herndon, the Herndon High School Band was selected by the U.S. Congress and Marine Corps Marching Band to perform in the Pearl Harbor Memorial Parade, taking place Saturday, Dec. 7," officials said.
"Very few school bands in the country earned the privilege to march in the parade, and Herndon is serving as Virginia’s official ambassador."
America’s last and most famous battleship, the gigantic “Mighty Mo” stretches three football fields long and stands 20 stories tall from keel to mast, and was home to more than 3,000 sailors while in service.
Officials said, the USS Missouri protected America’s freedom in three wars—World War II, Korea, and Desert Storm—over a five-decade period, but is best known for being the site where General Douglas MacArthur and the Allied Forces accepted Imperial Japan’s surrender to end World War II and restore world peace on Sept. 2, 1945.
"Today, as the Battleship Missouri Memorial, the “Mighty Mo” is berthed at Pier Foxtrot 5 on Ford Island in Pearl Harbor, standing bow-to-bow to the sunken USS Arizona and creating a stirring bond between America’s two battleships signifying the start and end of World War II," officials said.
The Music Exhibition Program, organized by USS Missouri’s Education Department, welcomes performing groups throughout the year to pay honor and tribute to the “Mighty Mo” and her veterans in live performances at the battleship.
Now, the town of Herndon can say that their very own Pride of Herndon has been one of them.
Learn more at USSMissouri.org.
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