This past summer I got the chance to work in Pearl Harbor for 7 days and got a chance to visit the arizona memorial. This is the wall with all their names.
Killed in their bunks! Good going Japan, what heroes you were. You saw what we did to your country when we were awake! Take heed you Muslim Terrorists, we will not forget and we will get even!
I went to Pearl Harbor last year to the day. My inlaws were celebrating their 15 year anniversary on the big island. They invited me and my wife to celebrate with them, all expenses included. Pretty nice gesture. I decided I have to see and pay tribute to the Arizona Memorial. I contacted the concierge and got on a "tour". I was extremely dissapointed at how the tour was run. We get to the park and wait in line, no big deal, I have been to Disneyland. We get our ticket to go visit the Memorial. We wait some more for the ferry. We watch a short video of the attack then board the ferry to go to the Memorial. I was getting excited at this point. I disembarked the boat and was awestruck by the majesty of the Memorial. It is very humbling to actually be there and watch the "bleeding" of the Arizona in the water. I took the same photograph, it is a difficult photo to take as all the tourists walk in front of you. There was a difference in people there as well. You could tell the lookie lous from the people that understood the significance of this Memorial. I am guessing 10 minutes went by and the call for us to leave was sounded...Whiskey Tango Foxtrot!! This is where I was dissapointed. I could have spent another 30-60 minutes taking in the history and reverence of this sacred military site. I understand that if there was not a stringent time table, there would be no room for anyone to move around, but I did not realize this until I was already at the Memorial. I highly recommend this visit. But go knowing you will be with a bunch of tourists and you will have very little time to "understand" the experience.
The two blocks in front of the marble wall represent Sailors and Marines that died after the attack and requested to be burried with their brothers on the Arizona.
God bless those service men and rest in piece my brothers
I completely agree with clintlebo on the shortness of the experience. I mangaged to slip into the oncoming group and got to spend a little more time there than most. Thats how I managed to get this picture while everyone was changing out. It would of been alot nicer to stay there as long as you like but with boat access being the only way to get to the memorial I can see where that would cause problems. I actually made a video too of the whole area inside and I'll be posting that later when I get some time.