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Elvis Presley’s Arizona memorial, benefit show.

This is one of the all time great benefit performances in history of show business. Elvis Presley was right for this cause, being only twelve months out of his army uniform, for the location of the show was to be held at ( Block

Elvis performs to raise $50,000 for the Arizona Memorial. Elvis put in $100.00 of his own money as a starter. Elvis would make this benefit show a personal drive to raise $50,000 for the USS Arizona Memorial memorial fund.

1961, Saturday March 25, the benefit show was held at Pearl Harbours Block arena. This appearance would be a first for Elvis outside his home town Memphis Tennessee. His last public appearance was in Honolulu, being over three years ago.

Elvis’ manager colonel Tom Parker- said Elvis will perform for nothing and all box office money receipts will go into the memorial fund. Colonel Parker made it clearly understood that ‘every penny raised for the benefit must go to the fund; in fact Elvis bought the first ticket for $100.00, Elvis said, “ if I gotta pay to get on stage to sing, that’s good enough for me.”

Elvis presley concert There were around 4,000 seats available, with one hundred seats available at ringside, which would go on sale for one hundred dollars each, the rest of the seating tickets would be for sale at a price to suit everyone’s pocket.

The Arizona Memorial benefit show was very successful raising a total of $62,000 for the Pacific War Memorial.

The half-million dollar, 186-foot-long U.S.S. Arizona Memorial concrete faзade was complete about twelve month’s later, credit for much of the funding has always belonged to Elvis Presley.

Elvis wasn’t able to return to the Memorial until 1965 due to his busy schedule.Chairman of the Pacific War Memorial Commission, Tucker Gratz, greets Elvis.Elvis and Colonel Tom Parker honour the ship and the men who lost their lives at Pearl Harbor with two 5-foot wreaths, each wreath bore inscriptions on gold ribbon.

The wreath in the shape of a bell with the words “Gone But Not Forgotten, form Elvis and the Colonel.” “USS Arizona,” covered with red carnations across the bottom of it.

The second wreath; also being signed by Elvis and the Colonel, inscribed the words “In Memory of Pearl Habor, 1941.”

The bell shaped wreath was made with exactly 1,177 carnations, in honour of each man and officer lost on the Arizona.

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