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PLAQUE FOR ARIZONA MEMORIAL

PLAQUE FOR ARIZONA MEMORIAL: Elvis documentary maker and Elvis Express regular, Bernard Roughton informs us that in August, he was able to gain access to the Bloch Arena Nr Pearl Harbour, Oahu, Hawaii. Which is not an easy task to do as a civilian because you need permission from the base commander.

The show was performed on Sunday, March 25 – 1961 at 8.30 P.M. at the Bloch Arena in Pearl Harbor. There were 4000 tickets sold in the price range from $3 – $10, and additional 100 tickets of $100 each were reserved for a special ringside section in the Bloch Arena. 50 of these tickets were bought by Elvis and The Colonel and donated to patients from the Tripler Hospital.

Elvis’ benefit concert raised over $65,000 for the USS Arizona memorial building fund. All proceeds went directly to the project, without anything held for expenses. Even Elvis and the Colonel had to buy a ticket to get into the show. This show created one of the biggest private donations to the memorial fund.

Elvis wore his gold lame jacket and black dress pants. This would be the last time Elvis would ever wear the gold lame jacket. The concert itself would become the last performance on stage till Elvis return on stage, almost 8 years later in Las Vegas in 1969.

One week after Bernards visit to the arena, Lisa Marie Presley & her son, plus about 10 other people, also visited the arena, wanting to see where her Dad did the fund-raising Concert for the USS Arizona Memorial.

As you probably know, there is NO OFFICIAL plaque commemorating this concert at Pearl Harbour, or the Bloch Arena.

But Bernard has found out that Tom Hulet (Concerts West?) has agreed to donate a plaque & there is a place on the outer wall which has been discussed as a possible site, but the U.S. Naval Authorities are not keen on the idea of commemorating one of, if not the single biggest and generous private donation by Elvis Presley in helping to build the memorial.

There is however, a small ”non-official” display in a corridor leading to the arena, due purely to the efforts of a fan who works near there, but a proper, ”Official” plaque is needed.

Let’s get Lisa Marie on board and get Elvis recognised for his part in honouring the many that lost their lives on December 7th 1941.

Send your emails to Lisa Marie at lmpfanemail1@aol.com

Source: www.elvis-express.com / Originating Source: Bernard Roughton

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