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Limited Edition T-shirt Commemorating Elvis' 1961 Pearl Harbor Concert

March 18, 2012



Next week marks the 50th anniversary of Elvis Presley's concert to benefit the USS Arizona Memorial in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii on March 25, 1961. At the time, fundraising for the memorial had lost much of its early momentum. The $500,000 necessary for construction was a distant goal, with no serious prospects on the horizon. When Honolulu Advertiser editor, and WWII veteran, George Chaplin appealed to a national audience for support, Colonel Tom Parker, Elvis Presley’s manager, responded by calling the Advertiser and saying, “I know a young man whose services can be a big help.” With admirals and generals vying with Oahu teenagers, housewives, and music fans for tickets, the 1961 Bloch Arena concert was a big success, netting over $54,000 and raising national awareness of the fundraising campaign. The USS Arizona Memorial would go on to secure many more private, state, and federal donations, with construction completed just in time for its Memorial Day, 1962 dedication.

To celebrate this anniversary, Pacific Historic Parks is offering a limited edition T-shirt commemorating the 1961 concert. The T-shirt features a reproduction of the original concert poster, as well as a picture of the finished USS Arizona Memorial. Included with the T-shirt is also a reproduction of the original concert ticket.

The limited edition T-shirt will only be available through December 31, 2011 for a cost of $24.95. Pre-order yours today!