Wednesday, August 1, 2012

This Is Pearl Harbor

A visit to this National Monument is a must when you are in Honolulu.  No fee is charged but it is wise to make your reservations online, which does cost $1.50 per reservation.  Go early! and beat the crowds!  This is one of the most visited national places.

This is a view of the memorial from the land area. 

The park has various stops of interest which gives you an overview of the beginning of US involvement in WWII

The Tree of Life

After a short film detailing the events leading up to the bombing of Pearl Harbor, you board a vessel commanded by US Navy personnel.  You take the short ride to the memorial.  It is somber as you approach.

You embark onto the platform and walk into the open spans, which is the burial for those who died on USS Arizona

Below you is the burial site of many

You can see many parts of the USS Arizona above the water as well as below

And above this sacred area, we proudly salute the United States flag

The memorial leaves one with tears in their eyes and pride in their hearts

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