We stayed over in Oahu this last trip just to see this memorial. I must admit we got lost our last time here and never did see it, so this time we took a shuttle from the hotel.
A very moving experience!! A fitting memorial for the 1,177 crewmen that lost their lives on the battleship Arizona on December 7th, 1941.
Get there early, as it is first come, first served and only 100 at a time can be admitted to see the video and then exit on the other side to catch the shuttle boat to the memorial itself. We got there at 7:15 and got into group 2 with a 9:00AM entry.
Security is high with no bags, back packs, camera bags - even purses allowed.
The film is about 20 minutes and gives a good recap of what happened that day with actual footage from both the US and Japanese. The shuttle boat is manned by active duty Navy personnel. On the way out to the memorial you get a good view of the battleship Missouri and the white markers built to mark where the other ships were that sunk that day.
Once off the boat and on to the memorial it is like entering a church. Even the kids seemed to realize they were in a special place. A hush fell over our group as we wandered around the airy memorial. You can see the massive ship underwater. A drop of oil floats to the surface every few minutes and the sheen slowly spreads. Some folks brought flowers and wreaths and they were dropped into the water at the open space in the middle of the memorial.
Whoever designed this memorial is to be commended. I was deeply touched and find myself getting misty just trying to put the experience into words.
The memorial at Pearl Harbour is a unique place to visit and pay respect to the men who lost thier Lives there in 1941.
I would advise you to go there early in the day as it can get crowded.
There is a self guided tour of the museum, a short (20mins) film on the events of 1941 and a boat ride out to the Memorial that sits astride the USS Arizona.
For any person interested in history, spending a day at Pearl Harbor is a great way to see in person what happened there so many years ago. We visited the Arizona Memorial, which is free! You watch a movie about the events of Dec 7, then take a short boat trip out to the memorial, which is above the sunken ship. The architecture is beautiful. We also took a tour through the USS Bowfin submarine, which is close by. You are given a headset, and one of the former commanders of this sub guides you through what life was like for those that lived on the sub. Another highlight of our day spent in Pearl Harbor was seeing the USS Missouri, or the Mighty Mo. This battleship has served in a number of wars, including the Gulf War, and is absolutely massive. You can take a guided tour, or look around by yourself. Even if you aren't a history buff, these tours are still very fascinating, and a lot of fun! This was a really special experience for my family, since my grandfather fought in the US Navy during World War II. I gained a greater appreciation of the sacrifice so many men and women have made for our freedom.
One of the defining events of the 20th Century was the surprise attack on the American Naval Base at Pearl Harbour, on Dec. 7, 1941. Symbolizing the emotions unleashed by this event are the remnants of the battleship USS Arizona - sunk at its moorings during the air strike. The 31,400 ton Arizona, launched in 1915, sank while at anchor, after receiving several bomb and torpedo hits, resulting in the loss of 1103 men out of its total crew of 1400. To memorialize this event, the ship was declared a national shrine in 1962. A footnote to history - its two main rear turrets, comprising six 14-inch naval guns, were removed after its sinking, to be used for coastal defence of the Islands.
Another footnote: I spent the 60th anniversary of Pearl Harbour walking the length of Manhatten to the site of the still smouldering ruins of the twin towers of the World Trade Center, to say a little prayer for those souls as well.
Visiting the Arizona Memorial is an absolute must! This is a free tour which begins with a 20 minute movie of the bombing of Pearl harbor, then a boat ride to the memorial with an audio account along the way. Take a few moments in silence as you walk around the Memorial, atop the sunken USS Arizona. Be sure to visit the Bookstore and Museum before leaving the area.
A must for all history buffs, especially those fascinated with our boats and subs! This particular sub served during the WWII. Take the tour of the sub along it's narrow passage ways and see what it's was like for servicemembers who had to live in these confined areas! Be sure to visit the museum also.
USS Arizona has FREE admission. One thing.....Plan on waiting a solid two hours or more. They give you a ticket when you enter, and then you have to wait till they call your group number. At this point they will load you up on a boat and take you out to the site.
-The park is open seven days a week 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
-Closed Thanksgiving Day, December 25, and January 1.
- Open daily from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., last tour of the submarine at 4:30 p.m.
- Closed only on Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Day
Comes with a cost.
Bowfin Cost -- Submarine & Museum Adult tour is $10; child rate (ages 4 to 12) is $4
-is located on adjacent Ford Island which is accessible by trolly
-$16 for an unguided tour of Missouri
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The story of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor has always been very vivid to me. On December 7, 1941, "a day that shall live in infamy," my parents were youngsters living on Oahu. My father heard the hum of war planes flying over the island and later saw smoke rising from Pearl Harbor. My mother was with her family at Sunday Mass; she heard whispering and watched, startled, as American servicemen in uniform suddenly jumped up and ran out of the church.
I grew up with these stories ( "This is not a drill! This is the real McCoy!") and was very glad, many years later, to be able to honor our dead at the USS Arizona. At the Visitors Center we browsed through wartime exhibits and viewed a documentary. We were then were taken by boat to the Memorial, which is in the middle of the harbor, built on top of the sunken Arizona.
This is a very powerful experience and a glimpse into an important event in American history.
Admission is free, but there is a great deal of competition for tickets, which are issued on a first come, first served basis. A limited number of tickets are available each day, and large tour groups come through, so it's best to get there as early as you can.
The park is open 7 days a week , 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The last program begins at 3:00. Closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's. No children under the age of 5 are admitted. The tour is self-guided, but audio tours may be rented in English, French, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin, German, and Spanish.
Please be aware that strict security measures are in force. You will be allowed to carry only a camera or camcorder. All purses, backpacks, diaper bags, etc., must be left in rented lockers. Because this is a memorial, there is also a dress code. Civilians must wear shirts and footwear -- no bathing suits. Military must wear Class B uniforms.
You may also want to visit the USS Bowfin Submarine Museum & Park and the Battleship Missouri, which are located nearby.
This is a picture of the Arizona Memorial,it pays tribute to the 1177 crewmen who died on this ship.The memorial is 184 ft , and it spans over the midsection of the Arizona that is partially sunken, which give visitors a good look at the ship that still entombs 1100 men.The memorial was built and approved in 1958 by President Dwight Eisenhower it was designed by Alfred Preis, and dedicated in 1962.
There are 3 areas on the Memorial.
An entry room, a central open area from where you can see the partially submerged ship, and third a shrine room which has the names of the men who died on the Arizona.
A 16 by 50 feet oil painting on the back wall of this information center was painted by
John Charles Roach. There is an information desk and this Visitors center was completed in 1980 and a combination of private funds an government funding was
used to pay for it. Branch 46 of the Fleet Reserve Association raised the private funds.
The U.S.S, Bowfin is a refurbished WW2 Era Submarine,that actually saw several years of War Service, right after its commisionning in 1942. A tour of this Sub will show the cramped but exciting life of a submariner.
The museum offers a big collection of sub-related artifacts.including paintings posters , submarine models etc.
The hours of the Museum & Bowfin Park are 8 am-5 pm, last tour at 4.30 pm.
The Missouri was in service for 5 decades and was retired in 1999.The '' Mighty Moe ''
as the ship is nicknamed is now a tourist attraction and has had over one million visitors over the last two and a half years.
The Missouri is 887 feet long and has served in WW2 , the Korean War and in the Persian Gulf War.On this tour you can see how the sailors lived on the Ship and you can see the deck were the Surrender papers were signed with General douglas Mac Arthur accepting the Surrender on September 2 1945.
Tour 1 The Chief's Guided Tour.
This tour takes you through the Combat area,for a look were all the drama occured.This tour cost $6 .
Tour 2 The Captain's Tour.
A 1 1/2 hr Tour that takes you to the Captain's Cabin and the Combat Centers of the Ship as well a detailed formely secret debriefing of Dessert Storm mission.Light refreshments are served on this Tour.
This Tour Cost adults $35 chidren $25.
Tour 3 The Explorers Tour.
On this 1 1/2 hour tour you get a hardhat and a flashlight
and it will take you to the lower decks, and they will show you the old 1943 Analog Super- Computors.This tour cost adults $35 children $25.
Do not bring Bags and Backpags for security reasons.
We spent a day at Pearl Harbour - you have to start early in the day to see everything. There are really three different ships to see, and the free tickets to the USS Arizona get given out first-come, first-served. See the Arizona Memorial first -- the tribute to the 1,200 Americans still buried with their ship on the day the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbour (Dec. 7, 1941). You see a movie, then board a boat to the Memorial which straddles the USS Arizona sitting just below sea level. Sixty years after it happened, and oil still seeps from the sunken ship - reflecting rainbow colours off the top of the ocean - almost poetic.
Next, tour the U.S.S.Bowfin -- a WW II submarine. You get to board the sub and re-live a WW II mission via a self-guided tour on a walkman.
The final ship at the site is the U.S.S.Missouri - The Mighty Mo -- the battleship on which the Japanese officially surrendered after WW II. The Missouri also saw action in the Gulf war. The Battleship Missouri is a huge ship - easy to get lost on her.
By the way, if you actually do visit all three ships in one day, it is a l-o-n-g day. Our kids (who are older teens) lost patience with historic ships somewhere between the Bowfin and the Missouri.
The Arizona Memorial is free - After the Arizona, just around the corner is the Bowfin. Tickets for the Bowfin and the Missouri are bought at the same spot. The price in 2001 to see both is $18 for older-than-kids.