Arizona to dedicate World War II memorial on Saturday

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On April 20, 2012, two guns, including one from the USS Arizona, arrived in Phoenix for the World War II memorial at the state Capitol in Wesley Bolin Plaza. By Mike Gertzman On April 20, 2012, two guns, including one from the USS Arizona, arrived in Phoenix for the World War II memorial at the state Capitol in Wesley Bolin Plaza. By Mike Gertzman
On April 20, 2012, two guns, including one from the USS Arizona, arrived in Phoenix for the World War II memorial at the state Capitol in Wesley Bolin Plaza. By Mike Gertzman On April 20, 2012, two guns, including one from the USS Arizona, arrived in Phoenix for the World War II memorial at the state Capitol in Wesley Bolin Plaza. By Mike Gertzman
On April 20, 2012, two guns, including one from the USS Arizona, arrived in Phoenix for the World War II memorial at the state Capitol in Wesley Bolin Plaza. By Mike Gertzman On April 20, 2012, two guns, including one from the USS Arizona, arrived in Phoenix for the World War II memorial at the state Capitol in Wesley Bolin Plaza. By Mike Gertzman
On April 20, 2012, two guns, including one from the USS Arizona, arrived in Phoenix for the World War II memorial at the state Capitol in Wesley Bolin Plaza. By Mike Gertzman On April 20, 2012, two guns, including one from the USS Arizona, arrived in Phoenix for the World War II memorial at the state Capitol in Wesley Bolin Plaza. By Mike Gertzman

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.
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Information from: Arizona Capitol Times, http://www.arizonacapitoltimes.com