I visited the memorial on my first trip to Hawaii in 2006 and it was a very moving experience. 2,403 Americans lost their lives when Japan attacked Pearl Harbor, including 1,177 officers and crewmen on the USS Arizona battleship. The US entered World War II the next day, forever changing the course of history. The gravity of what happened here isn’t lost when you come to pay tribute to those who gave their lives for our freedom.
Oil that rises up from the sunken ship, known as black tears, can still be seen from the memorial:
There is no charge for admission to the memorial, which includes a movie and boat ride. You can reserve tickets online, though availability is scarce. Tickets can be reserved online 60 days in advance at 7am HST (12pm EST/1pm EDT), so tickets became available today for November 2. More tickets are released 24 hours in advance at 7am HST (12pm EST/1pm EDT), so tickets became available today at 1pm EDT for September 4. Tickets are also available on a first-come, first served basis at the Pearl Harbor visitor’s center.
Pictures from my 2006 visit:
Have you visited the USS Arizona?