The memorial arrangement is built on and straight over the rusted remains of the sunken battleship USS Arizona.
The loss of life on the Arizona represents more than half of the Americans killed on December 7, 1941. It also represents the greatest number of casualties on any American warship in history.
Now a garden setting
If you have never been to the memorial recently, you will be much impressed with the park like setting in the Pearl Harbor Visitors Center.
While at the Center, make certain to see the 23-minute film and sound tour which brings that fateful morning at Pearl Harbor to life.
The exhibits at the Center are designed to pull people deftly into that particular moment in history, as they relive the politics and events leading up to the Japanese attack.
The presentations are poignant – be ready for a holistic experience you will not forget.
A solemn journey
When their background education is refreshed, visitors board a launch run by the Navy and are ferried across the harbor to the waiting memorial. It is a short and quiet ride.
They are now resting beneath your toes.
Visitors speak in whispers, tears are visible, eyes are cast down into the entombing water, and minds imagine the confusion and utter insanity of that December morning so long ago. It all seems surreal to the observers who now stand in the gentle Hawaiian Rat Removal breeze – safely atop the remains of the Arizona.
The ultimate sacrifice
One can only wonder what life may have held in store for the one-thousand plus sailors and soldiers below – if they had not been aboard the Arizona on that fateful day. Had they lived, what famous Americans might they’ve fathered for our generation, what greatness might they’ve achieved? America moved forward, one-thousand heroes stay at their post.
The tears of the Arizona
Seventy-five decades later, oil still seeps in the sunken battleship. It randomly appears on the water’s surface – then like a soul – it floats slowly away. Observers have named the oil manifestations”the tears of the Arizona.”
Be sure to visit the USS Arizona Memorial
Save a day during your vacation on Oahu and take your family to see the USS Arizona Memorial. For some, it is an awakening and first time realization about the many Americans that have sacrificed everything to keep our nation free.
The USS Missouri
The Arizona Memorial is now symbolically guarded from the ever-vigilant USS Missouri battleship. “Big Mo,” is permanently docked in Pearl – only up-harbor from the Arizona. The Missouri fought in and survived WWII and her deck was the historical site of the official surrender of Japan in 1945. It seems fitting that a battleship that participated in ending the war in the Pacific, should rest close to the dreadnought which was the earliest casualty of the battle.
The great Missouri went on to fight in Korea, and Operation Desert Storm. She was decommissioned in 1992, and took her up as silent sentinel for the Arizona in 1999.
If you go
The USS Arizona Memorial is located in Pearl Harbor, which is just two miles west of the Honolulu International Airport.
Happy travels – Remember our troops, not only today, but always.
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