PHOENIX (AP) - A dedication ceremony on the anniversary of the 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor caps a nearly three-year effort to erect a World War II memorial near the Arizona State Capitol.
Saturday's ceremony will include the arrival of 2,000 motorcyclists from the American Legion and other veterans' groups and a flyover of a vintage B-17 bomber.
The memorial features massive gun barrels from two U.S. battleships - the USS Arizona and the USS Missouri. Names of Arizona military personnel who died during the war will be displayed on a steel structure between the gun barrels. It has taken a year to build the memorial.
The memorial was championed by Secretary of State Ken Bennett.
The two-hour ceremony at Wesley Bolin Memorial Plaza just east of the Capitol begins at 9:45 a.m.
Information from: Arizona Capitol Times, http://www.arizonacapitoltimes.com