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 over half of the Americans killed on December 7, 1941. Additionally, it represents the best number of casualties on any American warship ever.
When you have never been to the memorial recently, you’ll be much impressed with the park like setting in the Pearl Harbor Visitors Center.
While at the Center, make certain to observe the 23-minute film and sound tour which brings that fateful morning at Pearl Harbor to life.
The displays in the Center are designed to pull people deftly to that particular moment in Squirrel Control history, as they relive the events and politics leading up to the Japanese assault.
The demonstrations are poignant – be ready for a holistic experience you won’t forget.
A solemn journey
It’s a brief and quiet ride.
They are now resting under your toes.
Visitors speak in whispers, tears are observable, eyes are cast down into the entombing water, and minds imagine the confusion and utter insanity of the December morning long ago. It all seems surreal to the observers who now stand at the gentle Hawaiian breeze – securely atop the remains of the Arizona.
The ultimate sacrifice
One can only wonder what life may have held in store for the one-thousand and sailors and soldiers under – if they had been aboard the Arizona on this fateful day. Had they lived, what famous Americans might they’ve fathered for our generation, what greatness might they’ve achieved? America moved ahead, one-thousand heroes stay at their post.
Seventy-five decades later, oil seeps in the sunken battleship. It randomly appears on the water’s surface – then enjoy a soul – it floats slowly away.
Make Sure You visit the USS Arizona Memorial
For some, it’s an awakening and first time understanding about the many Americans who’ve 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 in the Arizona. The Missouri fought 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 engaged in ending the war in the Pacific, should rest close to the dreadnought which was the oldest casualty of the battle.
She was decommissioned in 1992, and took her up as quiet sentinel for the Arizona in 1999.
If you go
Happy travels – Remember our troops, not just now, but always.
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