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USS Arizona's massive gun barrel undergoing restoration

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PHOENIX -

It's a labor of love for a group of people in our state. They are restoring a big part of Arizona's history which will be on display Pearl Harbor day.

It's a noisy job, but an important one. And there are lots of helping hands.

"We are really excited being military members to take part in this historic project."

Master Sergeant Kelly Dugan with the Air National Guard is overseeing the project restoring the USS Arizona and USS Missouri gun barrels.

"They contacted the air national guard because we have experience removing old paint from different metallic surfaces," said MSgt Dugan.

There's plenty to remove. Workers are sandblasting and shooting it on to the barrels. The two gun barrels were sitting in a field in Virginia for decades.

"The Arizona barrel was first manufactured in 1914 so it's 99 years old."

Secretary of State Ken Bennett heard about the gun barrel from a friend. The navy loaned it along with the USS Missouri gun barrel.

They are sandblasting the barrels under a tent and in sections.

After it's been sandblasted, it's nice and smooth and ready for a primer.

The Boy Scouts will be the first to put on the primer to honor the World War II veterans. The restoration will be completed just in time for Pearl Harbor day. All the World War II veterans from around the country are invited.

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