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The Lauren F. Bruner USS Arizona Memorial Foundation is dedicated to honoring the crew of USS Arizona for future generations. We achieve our mission through three strategies:


Preserve

The Lauren F. Bruner USS Arizona Memorial Foundation aims to preserve the legacy of Arizona projects such as Dream Gift to America. The foundation's ultimate goal is to one day opening a museum in Hawaii to honor the crew of USS Arizona.

Educate

The Lauren F. Bruner USS Arizona Memorial Foundation educates young Americans and the general public by sharing the story of the Attack on Pearl Harbor in ways never accomplished.

Support

The Lauren F. Bruner USS Arizona Memorial Foundation's programs engage Navy families through outreach, meeting basic needs, and providing housing solutions.








Second to the Last to Leave USS Arizona
The Most Detailed Account of the Attack on Pearl Harbor Ever Shared

Second to the Last to Leave USS Arizona is Lauren Bruner's personal memoir, which has been published by the foundation. It is a thrilling and captivating true-to-life account that reads like an epic novel, and has become the #1 Best Seller at Pearl Harbor. This book has been given five-star reviews by three USS Arizona survivors, and according to Rear Admiral Samuel Cox, Director of the U.S. Naval History & Heritage Command, the book "should be required reading for anyone seeking to commit Sailors into battle, and any officer or Sailor who might go into battle."

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Second to the Last to Leave - Japanese Edition
A Japanese Translation of the Most Detailed Account on Pearl Harbor

The Japanese translation of Second to the Last to Leave USS Arizona allows both Japanese visitors to Pearl Harbor and citizens of Japan to read Lauren Bruner's best-selling memoir. In 2013, Lauren Bruner gave a keynote speech at Pearl Harbor during International Peace Day, alongside Masahiro Sasaki, the brother of Sadako Sasaki who famously folded over 1,000 paper cranes as a symbol of innocent lives lost at war and the desire for peace. Lauren and Masahiro had become close personal friends, and the introduction to the Japanese release of Second to the Last to Leave is written by Masahiro himself. It has been Lauren's hope that sharing his story with the people of Japan might help send a message of peace, and help celebrate the friendship between the United States and Japan.

Coming Summer 2020

Ghost of USS Arizona
A World War II History With an Imaginative Twist

Ghost of USS Arizona is a retelling of Lauren Bruner's story intended for a young adult audience. This book is history and fact interleaved with creative storytelling and imagination. The book features classic comic-style art throughout its chapters and tells the story of the Attack on Pearl Harbor in an engaging and relatable way.

Coming Summer 2020

Dream Gift to America
A USS Arizona Survivor's Last Dream to Honor His Crew

Lauren F. Bruner's Dream Gift to America is a research project that Lauren Bruner envisioned that involves the collecting and preserving photos and enlistment records, having biographies written, and finally having portraits drawn of each of the 1,512 crew members of USS Arizona to be presented as an immersive and interactive collection.

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USS Arizona Hula
The Most Detailed Account of the Attack on Pearl Harbor Ever Shared

The USS Arizona Hula is the first hula to be dedicated to the crew of USS Arizona. The hula was commissioned by the Lauren F. Bruner USS Arizona Memorial Foundation,and was first performed in 2016 on Ford Island, Pearl Harbor at sunset, during the 75th Remembrance Celebration of the Attack on Pearl Harbor. The hula's accompanying song "Warriors of the Sea" was composed and performed by Hawaiian entertainer Joe Recca, a descendant of King Kamehameha, while the hula was chorographed and danced by his daughter Delys. The Arizona Hula is just one of the may ways Lauren Bruner and his foundation has worked to honor his crew.


The Arizona Guard

The Arizona Guard is a program that is being established by the foundation to aid the 532 Homeless Veterans who now call Hawaii home. Through this program, each Veteran of this community will have the opportunity to get his life back together again and feel good about the re-servicing of his or her Military career to the country, and in particular, to all those who visit the state of Hawaii. The Arizona Guard has been created to allow these Veterans in the uniform of the service they were a member to protect and honor the relics of USS Arizona that will be displayed and shared with the public. It is the foundation's goal that each member of the Arizona Guard will be housed, fed, and rehabilitated in order that they feel good about themselves and become once again an active part of society.


USS Arizona World War II National Experience
A World-Class Museum Planned to be Built Near Pearl Harbor

The USS Arizona National World War II National Experience is a bleeding-edge Military museum that the foundation plans to build nearby Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. This museum will be a fully immersive experience, using artificial intelligence and virtual reality technologies. The museum will also be instrumental in solving Hawaii's homeless population issue by employing and creating opportunities for homeless veterans.

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