One of my favorite sites to visit in Hawaii was Pearl Harbor. I love history, and I love actually seeing places I’ve read about over the years.
A Visit to Pearl Harbor
There was a neat museum with all the little details that I love, like this: a copy of FDR’s speech after the attack was on display. Did you know that he originally wrote “December 7, 1941: a date which will live in world history” before crossing out ‘world history’ and changing it to ‘infamy?’ Shows the difference between an okay word and a better one.
Throughout our visit, I was struck by how many Japanese people were there visiting. Of course, I guess Pearl Harbor is actually nearly as close to Japan as it is to the contiguous 48, but still … it seemed odd. There was a Japanese young adult sitting in front of me in a movie about the attack, and she kept taking photos of the scenes of devastation. I kept imagining myself in a museum at Nagasaki, snapping away at pictures of the loss of life. Hmmm …
You take a boat to get out to the USS Arizona Memorial. I hadn’t realized that. The memorial is smaller than I had expected. It’s built right over the sunken ship Arizona, which still holds the bodies of 900 men killed in the attack. It seemed odd that the bodies could not have been retrieved, since the water is pretty shallow.
Parts of the ship are still visible above the water.
Oil still leaks from the sunken ship at the rate of 2-9 quarts each day — it originally held 1.5 gallons. Could this be stopped? Maybe, but then again, the oil droplets are perhaps reminiscent of tears, rising to the surface little by little.
Silence was requested while in the memorial. It wasn’t hard to comply with that.
The list of those who died that day is incredible. So many lives cut short.
It’s amazing and sad to think that the current and coming generations have little knowledge of the events of 1941 in Pearl Harbor.
May we always remember, and may God bless our courageous serivcemen and women.