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Beyond the Bookends

Beyond the Book Ends is a World War II in the Pacific Virtual Unit program created for
local, mainland and international students and educators to connect classroom learning.

Program Components

A virtual tour of the Battleship Missouri will give student and educators the opportunity to visit the site where the official Surrender document was signed. The document signified the union of nations and the beginning to the path of reconciliation, forgiveness, and peace.


The unit concludes with peace education, as it relates to the stories of the children affected by World War II and their wish for world peace. An educational and interpretive visual of the USS Arizona Memorial will begin the presentation connecting the story of the Pearl Harbor Warriors, a story of reconciliation and forgiveness between two nations. Students will then fold two cranes. One crane will be shared with the students’ family. Students will fold a second crane and write a message of peace. The second crane will be sent to Hiroshima, Japan. The presentation will conclude with the Underwater VR. Students will reflect on their perspective of peace and identify what they can do to instill peace in their family, school, and community.

This program is in partnership with Pacific Historic Parks in partnership and Battleship Missouri Memorial

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