Visiting can be jolting, especially if the rest of your Hawaiian vacation involves more relaxing on the beach than anything else, but it’s an important site. The memorial is super visceral since you’re actually standing at the site of a major event that caused America to join WWII, drastically altering the course of world history. It’s an incredibly unique and powerful experience.
“walk above a sunken battleship & discover the stories of the Pacific War”
World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument preserves and interprets the stories of the Pacific War, including the events at Pearl Harbor, the internment of Japanese Americans, the battles in the Aleutians, and the occupation of Japan. The USS Arizona is the final resting place for many of the ship's 1,177 crewmen who lost their lives on December 7, 1941. The 184-foot-long Memorial structure spans the mid-portion of the sunken battleship and consists of three main sections: the entry room; the assembly room, a central area designed for ceremonies and general observation; and the shrine room, where the names of those killed on the Arizonaare engraved on the marble wall. Contrary to popular belief, the USS Arizona is no longer in commission. As a special tribute to the ship and her lost crew, the United States flag flies from the flagpole, which is attached to the severed mainmast of the sunken battleship. The USS Arizona Memorial has come to commemorate all military personnel killed in the Pearl Harbor attack. Located in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, 3,000 miles from the West Coast of America and 4,000 miles from Japan, Pearl Harbor serves as a central gathering place for the WWII Valor in the Pacific National Monument, which consists of 9 historic locations in 3 of the westernmost United States - California, Alaska, and Hawaii. Of these, five are located within Pearl Harbor itself: the USS Arizona Memorial, the USS Oklahoma Memorial, the USS Utah Memorial, and parts of Ford Island and Battleship Row. The USS Arizona Memorial is a must-see destination for all individuals coming to Hawaii, drawing more than 1.8 million visitors each year from all over the world. Visitors are free to explore the grounds of the newly renovated $56 million Pearl Harbor Visitor Center. Our new Visitor Center was recently been expanded from the original 3 to 17 acres and is operated by the National Park Service. And don't miss the USS Missouri, the ship where the Japanese surrendered after WWII. It's now a decommissioned museum ship.
Been here 3 times and it's one of the most beautiful memorials around. Be warned, it can get really hot, so be sure to bring water.
Although our boat trip to the memorial was canceled at the last minute due to high winds, the trip was definitely worthwhile. The video presentation was excellent and very moving. Everyone should experience this.
It was such a great experience. It's crazy how when you're there, you can't believe that during World War II that place was a disaster. it is one of the most peaceful places I've visited.
We were not able to visit this until the day we were leaving, but we were still able to experience enough of it to feel the spirit of its history. Like many memorials, it was a moving experience, and to see the wall of names from so many who lost their lives for us and share a moment of silence. It was crazy seeing the oil still seeping from the ship, too.
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USS Arizona Memorial
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