This is a lovely tribute to the men who were killed at Pearl Harbor and a must see when you are in Hawaii. My day began with a tour bus ride. The driver pointed out military houses and explained the history of various areas along the way. He sorted our tickets smoothly and instructed us clearly where to go and what to do next. Another tour guide gave me tips on how to board the boat first. We all had some time to look around at the other monuments on the grounds, buy some souvenirs and take pictures before we entered a theatre to watch a film. The documentary explained what happened at Pearl Harbor and why. It showed a well spoken woman narrating and archived film footage here and there. It was well made. A short ride on the boat took us to the USS Arizona Memorial. The sea was ok, so we crossed the harbor ok and nothing had to be cancelled. At the memorial, we got to see the names of those who fell and the remains of the actual ship. No-one talked the entire time. All we could hear was some whispering and the clicking of cameras. I suppose the reason is because the ship is actually a tomb. The men's bodies were not brought up as sailors should be buried at sea. It was a moving experience. On our way out, we were allowed to take pictures of ourselves in front of the monument while we wait for our boat. I loved my visit to the USS Arizona Memorial and thought it was a fitting and wonderful way to remember those men who died.
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