As we were driving, we drove unto a bridge type road and we were stopped by some really nice and handsome Marines. They asked us what we were doing and we explained that we were trying to go to Pearl Hbr. They pointed us in the right direction and off we went. Thank goodness Heather didn't mind driving. She is quite the driver!!
We headed off towards the Memorial. We made it, parked and paid our way in. We viewed some older men who were dressed in medals. We discovered they were actual Marines survivors from WWII and who were in Pear Harbour at the time of the bombings. They told us how they lost their friends on the Arizona. The surprise and panic when the planes were bombing. We were so fortunate to be able to talk with them for a while and to take pictures of them. WOW, it was so moving, I could have cried. Heather said for her, it was the best part of the trip and I had to agree. Next we bought our tickets to go over to the actual site of the USS Arizona and view the ship still glazing in the water. Her glory will never be diminished.
It was so quite and still as we got off the ferry. The anticipation was mounting.. people didn't rush, almost as if it would be a sign of disrespect. As we slowly walked up the walkway to the entrance, you could almost hear a pin drop. As people gathered at the fenced area to look down upon the ship, I could almost see men running that fateful day. So many losing their lives without even a declaration of war. So senseless the loss of lives. Young men in their prime of life, who bravely fought for their wonderful country. I am so happy to see such a moving memorial for the thousands who lost their lives that day, on the ships and on land.
We didn't have time to go on the ship where the Japanese surrendered nor the submarine but we did buy our treasures and took lots of pictures. We read all the names and information with care. We were honoured to be there. Thank you so much to all the Vets who fought and died and lived so bravely for us and for the world! God Bless you All.
|Near the entrance to the Pearl Harbor Memorial|
|An Hawaiian vet who was in Pearl Harbor during WWII|
|This vet had all the pretty women|
|Another special Vet from WWII at Pearl Harbor|
|What a lucky day for us to meet these fine heroes|
|This was the anchor|
|This is the USS Arizona Memorial on the right with the flag above and the USS Missouri War Ship where the Japanese signed their surrender.|
|This is the entrance to the Memorial|
|This is inside the Memorial for the USS Arizona|
|The Gun Turret sticking out of the top of the sunken ship|
|Honolulu in the background, with the gun turrets|
|Another picture of the gun turrets|
|The buoy is the indicator where the Stern of the ship is|
|looking down in the remains of the ship|
|The US Flag flies so proudly above the Memorial|
|Explains what we are seeing in the water|
|Other areas of the USS Arizona that we could see|
|A proud solder!|
|Looking back as we sail back to the visitor center, thoughts still with the USS Arizona.|
|The actual USS Arizona Memorial|
|A last look|
|The visitor center from the Memorial|