On September 2, 1945, World War Two came to an end on the decks of the USS Missouri. During a ceremony, Thursday aboard the battleship in Pearl Harbor, Michael Carr of the USS Missouri Memorial Association, says Japan’s surrender was one of the most significant events in world history.

The USS Missouri, better known as the “Mighty Missouri,” served over five decades and three wars – World War Two, the Korean War, and Desert Storm. The 887-foot ship was decommissioned after Desert Storm and serves at the Battleship Missouri Memorial in Pearl Harbor.