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.
One important tip is to get a visitor's pass to all the military bases. They have the best beaches and on Hickam Air Force base, you can still see buildings with bullet holes from the attack at Pearl Harbor.
USS Bowfin - Submarine Museum & Park
A WWII era submarine in great condition. There is a gift shop inside and food available outside. The dining area provides a beautiful view of the submarine. The tour is self-paced on audio cassettes with a couple of guides placed for more information and safety reasons. This is an old submarine and has very close quarters throughout. Outside around a flagpole is a stone representing all the submarines that went down in the Pacific listing all onboard. Also, torpedo display is along the walkway. Be sure to buy the combo ticket if you want to see the USS Missouri nearby. A tram service runs between the two exhibits.
The USS Arizona Memorial as a national shrine symbolizes American sacrifice and resolve. Through national tragedy, a “sleeping giant awoke”
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 memorials
Can't visit Oahu without seeing the 'bookmarks' of America's WWII involvement.
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 Memorial and appreciate the bravery of those young men.
It was extremely sad to realize that their bodies are still down there.