I never did extremely well in history class and hated forcefully remembering dates and names of important political events. What I didn’t realize at the time was how powerful it is to actually visit these historic places where war, fear, and hatred once lived. To see the memorials built in each country as a memory to those both allied and enemy who passed always humbles me to be born in a time of peace. In reflection on the article I posted about Hiroshima, a visit to Pearl Harbor brought everything into perspective.
At Pearl Harbor, a sunken battleship USS Arizona still remains as it was resting peacefully now at the bottom of the harbor. Perpendicular to the ship, a white open aired atrium suspends over the remains marked with the names of those who lost their lives on Dec 7th, 1941.
This post is a tribute to those fallen victims and their families.
USS Arizona Memorial
To visit the USS Arizona is free but tickets are handed out on a first come first serve basis. You may book tickets online for a $1.5 convenience fee. After watching a 10 minute video, you’ll get to board a boat operated by US Navy and it’s a short trip our to the memorial. There are also a few galleries and exhibits that you can view free of charge upon visiting the memorial. Plan to spend about 1 hour if you only visit the USS Arizona without purchasing additional museum tickets.