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USS Arizona Memorial
Today, a monument stands above the remains of the battleship Arizona, which was sunk during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. As a result of that attack, the United States entered World War II. The ship can be seen beneath the water, and it marks the final resting place of many sailors who lost their lives that day. In this respect, the monument stands above a graveyard. There is part of a gun turret that still stands above the water near the memorial. Even after decades, oil still comes up to the surface from the ship, and this will be evident to the visitor. The list of the dead is written on one wall of the memorial. Visitors come from all over the country and the world to pay their respects to those who died here.
If you would like to see the memorial, an early start is good since a limited number of people can leave at a given time. You and your group will be assigned the next available departure time. Once you have been assigned a time, you will enter a theater and watch a short movie about the attack on Pearl Harbor. Then, you will board a boat driven by naval personnel out to the monument where you can catch whichever boat you choose back to the dock. If you are really a history or military buff, then I highly recommend seeing the USS Missouri as well. You can see it moored very close to the memorial.
Note: If you are visiting any of the memorials, you cannot take backpacks, bags, or purses with you. A camera is OK as well as a bag containing items bought at the giftshop. There is a storage facility nearby if you have to store something (for a fee).
- Historical Travel
What a sight of history!
This is a must even if you are not a history buff.
Pearl Harbor gives you a good perspective of WWII. It comemorates those that were lost in battle and you can actually still see the Arizona battleship that is still leaking fuel unto the Pacific Ocean.
- Museum Visits
Please take the time to see...
Please take the time to see Pearl Harbor. It can be crowded and all I can say is that it is truly worth the wait. There is a souvenir shop there, that also sells drinks and snacks. Walk out to lawn, and there in the distance is the Arizona Memorial. You can watch the boats going back and forth, and take in the atmosphere of a US Naval Base, that was under fire so many decades ago.
The short movie that we watch before boarding was quite moving. I asked my wife for a tissue or two. It really is something to behold. After the movie, we gathered our things to go to the dock. Getting on the small boat, I watched the Memorial growing larger and larger. It brought to me a fierce pride in the US, and our armed forces. So many names to see on the Memorial's Wall. All encased in the metal tomb below us.
When you are on the memorial, so sad see even today oil droplets bubble to the surface of Pearl Harbor above the USS Arizona, creating a vivid link to the past. On a quiet Sunday morning December 7, 1941 a Japanese surprise air attack left the Pacific Fleet in smoldering heaps of broken, twisted steel. Here, peace was interrupted and paradise lost. In hours, 2,390 futures were stolen, half of these casualties from the battleship Arizona.
Behind the shadows of destroyed airfields, aircraft, and ships, America fought fear, and a determined enemy responding with an unrivaled war effort. An epic battle for democratic ideals and world freedom would bloody the fields of Europe and the islands of the Pacific over the next four years.
- Family Travel
U S S Arizona Memorial
The USS Arizona Memorial as a national shrine symbolizes American sacrifice and resolve. Through national tragedy, a “sleeping giant awoke”
- Family Travel
Standing looking atthe...
Standing looking at
the Arizona Memorial
you would never
know the nightmare
that happened there.
We can only hope
the World makes
USS Arizona and USS Missouri...
USS Arizona and USS Missouri memorials
Can't visit Oahu without seeing the 'bookmarks' of America's WWII involvement.
PearlHarbor with the Arizona...
Harbor with the Arizona Memorial. It is a monument built to
commemorate all the seamen dead during the bombing on December 7 1941.
There's also a musuem and a documentary to watch.
You must visit the Arizona...
You must visit the Arizona Memorial and appreciate the bravery of those young men.
It was extremely sad to realize that their bodies are still down there.
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