Elvis’s Incredible Gift to Veterans

Elvis Presley performed at a benefit concert and helped raise money for the memorial to the USS Arizona in Pearl Harbor.

According to Fox News:

What does a rock ‘n’ roll legend have to do with a historical Pearl Harbor memorial?

Legendary rock star Elvis Presley helped make the USS Arizona Memorial at Pearl Harbor a reality in the 1960s.

Presley performed at a benefit concert that raised more than $54,000 for the memorial fund on March 25, 1961, Biography.com reported. He also made a separate donation, the report said.

Plans to create the USS Arizona Memorial took shape in the 1950s, but by 1960, less than half of the $500,000 needed was raised, the publication reported.

Presley’s actions drew considerable attention to the memorial fund helping it to reach its goal and ultimately build the iconic memorial.


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