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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Pearl Harbor + USS Arizona

I'd venture to say that probably the first thing you think about when someone says 'Hawaii' is probably Pearl Harbor, well after beaches that is. Zach and I are both huge World War II buffs so naturally this was pretty much our first stop in touring the island. 

So far we've been to Pearl Harbor twice but have only been able to take the USS Arizona Memorial tour once. I definitely recommend reserving your tickets for the tour here ahead of the time. There's a small fee for the reservation ($1.50 a ticket I believe) but it's worth it to take the tour.  We didn't reserve tickets the first time we visited and missed out on getting walk-up tickets. 

Pearl Harbor, Hawaii

Pretty much everyone knows why Pearl Harbor is such a national landmark--it's a very solemn place to visit, especially the Arizona Memorial. You can't really describe the feeling you get when you're standing in the very same spot as hundreds of men who gave their lives. It's incredibly saddening. 


If you look over the rails of the memorial, you can catch glimpses of the wreckage of the Arizona. Rusty and taken over by the sea, it sits just below where the memorial is now. 



The most emotional part of the tour for me was the memorial wall. It takes your breath away to see all the names on that wall--so many men gone, so many families changed forever. It's insanely surreal to stand there and realize that all them lost their lives in the same exact spot you're standing. 


Another must-see at Pearl Harbor is the USS Bowfin, a submarine you can tour. One word for the quarters in the sub--cramped! Just...wow!




Along with the USS Bowfin, there's the Park's Waterfront Memorial-- a tribute to the 52 American submarines lost during World War II. 



This day, December 7 1941, is a date that will live in infamy.
-FDR

HAVE YOU BEEN TO PEARL HARBOR OR ANOTHER WAR MEMORIAL? 


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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Pearl Harbor + USS Arizona

I'd venture to say that probably the first thing you think about when someone says 'Hawaii' is probably Pearl Harbor, well after beaches that is. Zach and I are both huge World War II buffs so naturally this was pretty much our first stop in touring the island. 

So far we've been to Pearl Harbor twice but have only been able to take the USS Arizona Memorial tour once. I definitely recommend reserving your tickets for the tour here ahead of the time. There's a small fee for the reservation ($1.50 a ticket I believe) but it's worth it to take the tour.  We didn't reserve tickets the first time we visited and missed out on getting walk-up tickets. 

Pearl Harbor, Hawaii

Pretty much everyone knows why Pearl Harbor is such a national landmark--it's a very solemn place to visit, especially the Arizona Memorial. You can't really describe the feeling you get when you're standing in the very same spot as hundreds of men who gave their lives. It's incredibly saddening. 


If you look over the rails of the memorial, you can catch glimpses of the wreckage of the Arizona. Rusty and taken over by the sea, it sits just below where the memorial is now. 



The most emotional part of the tour for me was the memorial wall. It takes your breath away to see all the names on that wall--so many men gone, so many families changed forever. It's insanely surreal to stand there and realize that all them lost their lives in the same exact spot you're standing. 


Another must-see at Pearl Harbor is the USS Bowfin, a submarine you can tour. One word for the quarters in the sub--cramped! Just...wow!




Along with the USS Bowfin, there's the Park's Waterfront Memorial-- a tribute to the 52 American submarines lost during World War II. 



This day, December 7 1941, is a date that will live in infamy.
-FDR

HAVE YOU BEEN TO PEARL HARBOR OR ANOTHER WAR MEMORIAL? 


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