Elvis Presley's 1961 benefit concert remembered

By Jaymes Song

Associated Press

Published: Thursday, March 24 2011 12:00 a.m. MDT

In this photo taken March 25, 1961 and provided by World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument. Elvis Presley receives an award from members of The pacific War Memorial Commission at the Hilton Hawaiian Village Hotel in Honolulu, Hawaii. Fifty years ago, Elvis Presley helped raise money and bring attention to help build the USS Arizona Memorial. The King is being asked to deliver one more time.

Word War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument, Associated Press

HONOLULU — Elvis Presley once helped raised money to build the USS Arizona Memorial.

The King is back — in a sense.

Pacific Historic Parks, in partnership with Elvis Presley Enterprises Inc., will start selling T-shirts on Friday for $24.95 to commemorate the iconic crooner's historic benefit concert on March 25, 1961.

Proceeds will support the educational programs at the USS Arizona Memorial and the new $56 million Pearl Harbor Visitor Center.

The black T-shirt features an image of the original concert billboard with Presley standing in his gold lame suit and a hangtag replica of the concert ticket. The shirts will be available at the visitor center's bookstore or online at www.PacificHistoricParks.org through the end of the year.

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