Welcome back to National Parks and other public lands with T!
The Pearl Harbor Memorial commemorates the attack on Pearl Harbor by the Japanese and the United States’ subsequent entry into WWII. On December 7, 1941, the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor and other areas on Oahu in a two-wave surprise attack. They sank or damaged nearly every vessel in the Harbor, killing over 2400 people.
The Arizona still rests where she fell and serves as a burial ground for the thousand crewmen whose bodies could not be recovered. The US Navy has given the survivors the option to be buried there to be reunited with their brothers-at-arms. The Navy interred the last survivor at the Arizona in December 2019. The remaining survivors, now 98 years old, have requested other arrangements.
The park will live-stream the 79th commemoration ceremony from Hawaii today. You can see it on the park’s Facebook page or here. The YouTube video below is a nice tour of the Arizona Memorial, the Missouri and Bowfin. We missed these on our visit last year due to damage to the loading ramp.
Location: 1 Arizona Memorial Place, Honolulu, HI, 96818
Designation: National Memorial
Date established/designated: March 12, 2019
Date of my visit: April 20, 2019