On this day 69 years ago, U.S. General Douglas MacArthur declared the end of World War II aboard the USS Missouri.
World War II veteran Art Albert was only 17 years old when he stepped aboard the USS Missouri. He served as an engineer for the ship and was present during the signing of the instrument of the surrender, ending the second World War.
"We saw everything! I mean, it's just like now," said Albert. "When I get out here I kind of get shook, you know?"
He remembers the crowds of soldiers surrounding the area now called the surrender deck and vividly recalls Gen. MacArthur arriving on the ship for the signing.
"McArthur stepped off. He didn't come with the officers on the whole boat. He come up off the tin can. He stepped off like a taxi cab coming off a curb," said Albert.
On Tuesday, the historic ship was docked at Pearl Harbor. It has called Hawaii home for 15 years. Memorial officials say in that time, it has attracted more than 6 million visitors.
"It is so important for visitors to visit this ship because every one of those visitors that passes through our gates helps with the restoration and maintenance of this ship," said Michael Carr, president of the Battleship Missouri Memorial.
Most recently, crews reworked the wardroom where high-ranking officers slept, dined and socialized. Crews restored a map mural in the room, making it look like it did in its glory days.
One of the ship's major projects is restoring the ship's main deck. They kept it authentic by using the same kind of teak wood.
Officials say the projects are ongoing and so are the efforts to teach visitors about the ship's history, something veterans are hoping will hit home with younger generations.
"I hope they get some sense when they come on board to learn something and get their mind right," said Albert.
The USS Missouri Memorial Association, caretaker of the Battleship Missouri Memorial, was founded in 1994. This year marks the association's 20th anniversary.