Two Unforgettable Trips - Pearl Harbor
Our Arizona Memorial
Let us never forget the horrid attack by the Japanese on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941.
As FDR stated, it is "a date which will live in infamy".
Two U.S. Navy battleships (the USS Arizona and the USS Utah) sank along with 188 aircraft which were destroyed. But even more important were the 2,403 service members and civilians who were killed during this attack.
A Family Connection
My sister-in-law is of Hawaiian descent. Her grandfather and grandmother worked on the base at Pearl Harbor. They were there that infamous day. I actually got their first-hand perspective. It was a chilling experience to listen to them. You could see that they really were struggling to talk about it all these years later, so I didn't ask any questions.
If you have never had the opportunity to visit Pearl Harbor and go out to the Arizona memorial, put it on your bucket list. Just be sure you are not attempting to go on a special holiday. On a regular day, it might take well over an hour to take the shuttle to the memorial. But once you are there, it is a very special place and you will be glad that you were able to pay a tribute to those fallen Heroes.
I am also including a link that goes directly to the rare images of the attack on Pearl Harbor and other rare historical photos of the Pacific Theatre in WW II. You can go directly to this page.
The State of Arizona's Special Memorial At the State Capital
If you get the opportunity to visit the AZ State Capital, make sure you see the memorial in Wesley Bolin Memorial Plaza. There is an anchor, mast, and a gun done in a beautiful tribute to those fallen Heroes. Inside you will find different artifacts including silverware from the ship.
The Wesley Bolin Memorial Plaza is located at 1700 W. Washington St. Phoenix, AZ 85007.
Located east of Pima Road, between Great Wolf Lodge Arizona and Salt River Fields at Talking Stick, the Memorial Gardens is a 5-acre development that features a piece of the original boathouse of the USS Arizona that sank in Pearl Harbor on December 7th, 1941. Click on this link to see a video and learn more about this memorial.