Let us remember the fallen servicemen and women who were part of Hawaii’s history.
On December 7, 1941, America was attacked by the Japanese fleet in the port of Pearl Harbor. The planes flew in just before 8AM to launch a devastating offensive on the US Military. Today, the National Museum has established a museum to commemorate the over 2400 lives and lost vessels on the shores of Pearl Harbor and above the USS Arizona.
The museum is open nearly year-round, free of charge to the public every day except Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day. With an average daily attendance of over 4000 people, it is a very popular attraction in Hawaii.
Since my first time visiting, the museum has renovated to include educational halls and artifacts of military history on the beautiful grounds.
It also is home to the USS Bowfin and the USS Missouri parked out in the harbor.
The main attraction is the Arizona Memorial. To visit the site you must collect a ticket for one of the tours. At your appointed time, you are first shown a video explaining the events of that occurred December 7, 1941. When the movie concludes, you are led to a small vessel that carries your group to the memorial hall perched above the wreckage of the USS Arizona. A solemn tone washes over the group as you see sunken turrets and the names of the fallen on the wall.
It is difficult not to get a little choked up at the thought of these young men dying for our country.
If you plan on visiting this piece of history, arrive early as tours fill up quickly, do be respectful to the many Japanese tourists who are also paying their respects to our soldiers, and don’t forget to take lots of photos.
Many thanks to the citizens that chose to serve our country through the military.