Over Hubs’ holiday leave period, we had his mom and step dad visit. We decided to go look at the USS Arizona memorial because we had our amazing sitter come and watch the kiddos. My kids are cute but going to such a memorial with them didn’t seem appropriate.
We got to the memorial park in the afternoon. You have to check your purse at the door. I don’t know why. National Security I suppose. Once we went in, we attempted to get a ticket to see the USS Arizona but hey, you have to show up at 7:30 am to get a free ticket. Whoops!
The park itself has a ton of stuff to look at anyway so we ended up staying there for around 2 hours. There’s a walkway along the beach and there’s plaques that outline the entire day in December. Then there’s a circle with plaques of everyone who died that day.
That was eye opening. Did you know the youngest person to die was a 3 month old? Heartbreaking. And there’s so many names in gold, men who earned the Medal of Honor. It was amazing. I got misty eyed a few times and had to walk away.
There’s also 2 very comprehensive museums, one as the “road to the attack” and one as the day of the attack. They’re amazing. Lots to see and read. And since we didn’t have the kids, we could take our time and actually read (amazing!) the displays.
At the very end, there’s a diorama of the Arizona, how it looks today, and the memorial so at least we got to see that. Since the Navy doesn’t raise ships, all the men who lost their lives are still there, one of of the cool things I learned was that survivors of the attacks can choose to be cremated and have their ashed interred with the rest of their crew. I thought that was pretty amazing.
I would like to go back and actually take the ferry to the memorial and hopefully, Hubs and I will have time to do so before we leave.