Seventy-three years ago on December 7, 1941, pilots of the Imperial Japanese Navy bombed the naval base in Honolulu’s Pearl Harbor in a surprise attack, killing 2,350 people. Heralded as “a date that will live in infamy,” the United States of America declared war on Japan and entered into World War Two.
I had the opportunity a few years ago to visit the Arizona Memorial. Did you know the memorial is a National Park? To visit is free. When you visit the memorial, you are ushered in to a large auditorium where you are shown a movie with historical (and very emotional) footage of the attack. After 15 minutes, the crowd is again ushered to another waiting area where visitors are taken by boat out the memorial. The memorial venue is set just above where the USS Arizona sank. Below is a photo I took as we walked to the entrance of the memorial.
Once you are on the memorial structure, there is the museum with the names engraved into the marble walls. As you stand directly over the rails of the memorial, you look down onto the actual ship itself. It is said that over 1200 souls are still at rest inside the ship. Globs of oil from the ship’s boiler still bubble to the surface in some places.