USS Arizona Memorial

We went to Hawaii in 2016. It was a incredible and wonderful trip. The USS Arizona Memorial, located within Pearl Harbor, is a must-see and emotional place to visit in Hawaii. The tour include a movie about the Pearl Harbor attack, a museum and a boat ride to the Arizona Memorial.

On December 7, 1941, Imperial Japanese Navy Air Service surprise attacked the Pearl Harbor and killed 2403 Americans, destroyed US Navy battleships, cruisers, aircrafts, which lead US to declare war to Japan and entering into the World War II.

The USS Arizona Memorial was built over the remains of the sunken battleship of USS Arizona, in honor of the 1,177 crew members who were killedon December 7, 1941.

The documental movie and museum are educational, heart wrenching and truly help us to understand the one of most pivotal moments in US history.

The boat ride on USS Arizona is deeply emotional. The memorial honors the fallen Arizona crewmen in the attack, and survivors who have reunited with their fallen shipmates in the water. Their names are displayed in the shrine room. It makes us to think about how people have sacrificed for our country.

The names of the sailors and marines killed on the Arizona are engraved on the marble wall.
The National Park Service divers were placing the urn of ashes of a Arizona crewman inside the circular of the barbette on gun turret 4.

3 thoughts on “USS Arizona Memorial

  1. I’ve been there. 1984. Just a month before I was leaving for boot camp in the Marine Corps. I could feel the presence of the men who died as I read the names with tears streaming down my cheeks. It left me drained. I was only 18 and preparing to embark on my own military life. Nice post!

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    1. Lisa, thank you! And especially thank you for your service for our country and freedom!! We went to Hawaii in 2015 for our 10 year anniversary. As a naturalized citizen original from a different country, I deeply understand what freedom means. Therefore, I am so grateful to live in the beautiful land of freedom.

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