Let Us Never Forget... My Visit To Pearl Harbor and Arizona's Memorial

By
Real Estate Agent with Coldwell Banker Realty NRDS # 146013739

Two Unforgettable Trips - Pearl Harbor

and

Our Arizona Memorial

Pearl Harbor - USS Arizona - Dec 7 - 1941 from Rick & Sheri Sperry on Vimeo.

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. 

You can also visit a special tribute to "Heroes" on Ricks World Sedona. There is a lot of rare film (video) footage and other tributes on the pages under the "Heroes" tab. 

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.  

USS Arizona Memorial at Salt River

The USS Arizona Memorial Gardens at Salt River

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.  

 

 

Comments (18)

Jeff Masich-Scottsdale AZ Associate Broker,MBA,GRI
HomeSmart Real Estate - Scottsdale, AZ
Arizona Homes and Land Group/ Buy or Sell

Thank you Sheri, yes....1,177 men perished on the USS Arizona alone on that quiet Sunday on December 7, 1941, 80 years ago today. "A day that will live in infamy"

Dec 07, 2021 11:06 AM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

HI Jeff Masich-Scottsdale AZ Associate Broker,MBA,GRI - As a grandparent, I hope to be able to pass this history down to my grandson as he gets older.

Dec 07, 2021 03:06 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Retired Home Stager/Redesign

Thank you Sheri and I plan on going to Rick's page. You and I are in agreement- it's important that our grandchildren understand what happened.

Dec 07, 2021 07:04 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

Yesterday my 90 year old sister called.  During the call she told me of her experience as a 10 year old, on the day Pearl Harbor was attacked.  She spoke of her class at school sitting around in a close circle listening to the news on a radio.  

Dec 07, 2021 08:58 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

CONGRATULATIONS Sheri, on having this blog FEATURED in the Old Farts Club group!  

Dec 07, 2021 09:16 PM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®

Thank you so much for the feature!  

Dec 08, 2021 12:30 PM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667, kat@thehousekat.com, Broker/REALTOR® - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

Thank you for your post  - I have not been to either of those memorials so I thank you for sharing them with us.

Dec 08, 2021 05:13 AM
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

I drive by that memorial fairly often but have never stopped to check it out close up.

Dec 08, 2021 05:24 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Good morinng, Sheri... I'm ashamed to admit that despite having travelled frequently to Hawaii in the past (three of our grandchildren were born there), for some reason I never made it to the memorial. And now I am so sorry that I didn't.

Dec 08, 2021 06:15 AM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Kathy Streib - My grandson is at that inquisitive age and though his attention span is not very long, he will stay glued to a video and retain the concept.  So we watch videos together.  He is into insects, (not my favorite topic) but I stay there to answer questions!

Dec 08, 2021 12:18 PM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

HI Myrl Jeffcoat - As a 10-year-old, your sister is a walking testament to history.  She is the kind of person I love to listen to.  You are so fortunate to have her.  

We do have a neighbor who is 96 and become an RAF bomber pilot at 18.  We love to listen to history in the first person from him.  It is so fascinating.   

Dec 08, 2021 12:29 PM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Kat Palmiotti - I am so happy to do so. Living in Arizona, there are a lot of Pearl Harbor ceremonies all over the state.  I learned of 2 more areas I want to visit while I was doing research. 

Dec 08, 2021 12:32 PM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Brian England - This is human nature.  It is close by and you have easy access to it.  

Dec 08, 2021 12:38 PM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Nina Hollander, Broker - It took us 4 different tries to finally get to the Pearl Harbor Memorial.  We usually only go to Maui so we hit it on days it was closed.  Finally, we had missed a flight to Maui and had a 4-hour layover.  We took a bus to the Memorial and had plenty of time to see everything.  It worked out perfectly.  

Dec 08, 2021 12:49 PM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

I had to pass the Arizona memorial every day for three years. I was always moved Sheri 🙂

Dec 08, 2021 08:50 PM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS - Yes, the energy is very different when you are standing over the USS Arizona in the memorial.  It is very calming. 

Dec 09, 2021 05:51 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Sheri & Rick, if I get back to Hawaii someday, I need to visit this memorial, a time in history we won't ever forget.

Dec 09, 2021 07:24 AM
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

Hi Sheri,
What a wonderful tribute for Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day. I have been to the memorial at Pearl Harbor. It's a very solemn and reverent place.

I've been watching a lot of the WWII documentaries this week on the History Channel.   I fear our younger generation doesn't understand the history and our freedoms will suffer.

Dec 09, 2021 09:42 AM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

When I first reported to my duty station at Pearl Harbor, I lived in the barracks on Ford Island, not 400 feet from the Arizona Memorial. It brought me peace Sheri 🙂

Dec 12, 2021 06:16 PM