The Uss Arizona Memorial at Pearl Harbor

By: Ali Kendall

USS Arizona

The USS Arizona is the final resting place for over 1100 American crew members who were killed during the December 7, 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor. A stirring reminder of the historic battle which propelled the United States into World War II, this memorial is a must see while you are on the Island of Oahu.

Admission is Free

The memorial is free, but you'll need to get there early, preferably by 8am (opens at 7:30am). If you get there after 10am the lines can get quite long and you may spend a couple of hours in line. The Battleship USS Missouri and Submarine USS Bowfin are in the same area - interesting to see naturally, but it's okay to skip them if you're pressed for time.

Personal Reflections

There is a short, but very well written blog entry from Bergita Asuncion detailing her recent trip to the memorial. In her final reflection, she describes her visit as a very solemn experience. The Arizona staf encourage absolute quiet while visiting the memorial so that each visitor can ponder their own individual thoughts.

BTW, Pearl Harbor is next door to Aloha Stadium if you're in town for the Aloha Bowl!

Veterans Day in Oahu

I'll be addressing Oahu Veterans Day activities in a future blog entry as there is a parade in Wahiawa that I hope you are able to attend.

Aloha ~

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