Launching Veterans Resource Center Welcome Sign Campaign

Announcing a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity

How would you like to personally honor our veterans and create a lasting legacy? With the opening of our VETERANS RESOURCE CENTER at the Battleship IOWA, you have a unique opportunity from now until JULY 18th to include your personal inscription or create a lasting tribute to loved ones who served their country. The welcome sign for the center will be a stunning, custom-built sign that will greet veterans and visitors as they enter the space.

A major grant has allowed us to hire eight peer navigators and complete the build-out of the Veterans Resource Center four years ahead of schedule! Located in a refurbished section of the Chief Petty Officers’ berthing at the aft end of Battleship IOWA’s second deck, this new resource will serve as the headquarters for our Veterans West program, providing offices for the programs as well as a place for veterans and their families to meet.

This eye-catching sign will make the first impression on veterans, community members, and program partners when they visit the center. It’s our chance to send a message that veterans have a support network and a family at the Battleship IOWA!

Conceptual drawing depicting how the sign could look


Our First Four-Star Donor

Captain Rich Abele (photo in the header at the top of this email) kicked off and brought home our hull preservation campaign. Now he’s leading the way in our inscription campaign: he’s our first “four-star” donor!

What does it mean to be a “four-star” donor? We’re offering four inscription options:

  • One-Star: $1,000 – Your name will be included on the Veterans Resource Center welcome sign alongside other one-star donors. 
  • Two-Star: $2,500 – Your name will appear on the Veterans Resource Center welcome sign with other two-star donors. Two-star level donor names will be displayed in a larger size than one-star level donors.

Want to honor your personal hero? Our three- and four-star levels offer additional lines of text on a plaque, allowing you to list your name, the name of a veteran or civilian, a military unit, squadron, ship, or branch of the armed forces active during wartime. Create an unforgettable greeting for visitors to enjoy for years to come.

  • Three-Star: $5,000 – You’ll receive a plaque inscribed with your name and two additional lines of text (total of three lines for your inscription).

  • Four-Star: $10,000 – Four-star level donors will receive a plaque featuring three additional lines of text (total of four lines for your inscription).

Join Captain Abele by clicking below for the level of your choice, or support the Veterans Center with a donation of any amount!

Honor today’s veterans with your inscription or those who served before them, or just let them know you’re behind them all the way! 

All donors will receive a link to an online form when the campaign closes on July 18, telling them the number of characters they will be allowed to use and confirming their inscription. All funds raised through this campaign will support Veterans West at the Battleship IOWA programs!

You’re more than welcome to donate with a check if you prefer. Please mail it to:

Pacific Battleship Center
250 South Harbor Blvd.
San Pedro, CA 90731
Attn: VRC Campaign

If you have questions or need assistance making your donation over the phone, please contact Matthias Leier at 877-446-9261 ext. 746.

Thanks on behalf of Battleship IOWA and the veterans we serve!


Here’s to our DADS!

To all the fathers out there: thank you for all you do for us, for all your sacrifices, for your hard work, and for your courage. Thank you especially to those who have given service to our nation and to those who’ve inspired their sons and daughters to serve.

Honor your dad this Father’s Day by inscribing his name on our Veterans Resource Center sign – or sign him up as a Plank Owner for the National Museum of the Surface Navy. You’ll receive a beautiful commemorative e-certificate in his name. And it’s free!



Today Is Juneteenth

“Juneteenth,” the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States. From its Galveston, Texas origin in 1865, the observance of June 19th as the African American Emancipation Day has spread across the United States and beyond. 

At Battleship IOWA a large part of our mission is to celebrate the American spirit, and nothing says American spirit like FREEDOM. Happy Juneteenth, everyone!



California Is Open!

And just in time for Father’s Day… the State of California has lifted most pandemic restrictions and is open for business and travel and dining and all sorts of good things. That means Battleship IOWA is FULLY OPEN for the first time in over a year.

What are you waiting for? Come see us! Click here for tour options – they’re all available!


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