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Pearl Harbor

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    • Day 18

      Pearl Harbour

      March 21, 2017 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 27 °C

      We took a one hour bus ride to Pearl Harbour today. This had been on my "to-do" list for my past 2 visits to Honolulu and I was determined to make it happen this time. I had to get up at 7 a.m. to reserve free tickets on their website. The tickets were gone by 7:10. The Memorial gets 1.8 million visitors a year. First we went through 2 small museums which covered the history of the war and the effects it had on both the Armed Forces and the Hawaiian people. There were videos of survivors who described their first hand experience after the attack and it left me teary eyed. This is followed by a 20 minute movie with actual footage of the attack. So much carnage in a 2 hour attack. Then the Navy operates a shuttle boat which takes you to the USS Arizona Memorial.

      By this time the mood was sombre except for a few tourists taking smiling selfies. The memorial was partially funded by private individuals, Elvis being the largest contributor. The Memorial is built over the remains of the sunken battleship and is the final resting place of 1177 crewmen. Oil continues to trickle from the ship, about a litre a day, and is referred to as "black tears". Since there has been no evidence of environmental damage from the oil, it was decided that it would be disrespectful to disturb the remains. The message the Memorial wants you to leave with after your visit is.....Remember, Honour, and Reflect.
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    • Day 10

      Oahu - Day 2 (Pearl Harbor)

      August 3, 2016 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 26 °C

      Today we woke before the sun to embark on a journey through history. Visiting Pearl Harbor was something I've wanted to do since I was young and was the deciding factor in our decision to visit Oahu. The visit was both somber and eye-opening as we delved deeper and learned more about the events leading to the U.S.'s entrance into WWII. Visiting the USS Arizona Memorial (where oil can still be seen rising to the water's surface--the "tears of the Arizona") was a truly moving experience, as was meeting one of the last two living survivors of the Pearl Harbor attacks. I found myself thinking often of my grandfathers, both of whom joined the Navy as a direct result of the events of December 7th, 1941. I now understand on an even deeper level what prompted them and a multitude of others to enlist in the armed forces with ferver. I thanked a young man in his freshly pressed navy uniform on our way out for his service and he simply smiled and said, "Oh, of course." Amanda and I walked away with a deeper appreciation for all the men and women who served and continue to serve to protect our freedoms. For all those who lost their lives at Pearl Harbor we say mahalo.Read more

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