Where We Be
|The US flag is attached to the severed mainmast of the sunken battleship
|Oahu -- USS Arizona Memorial
|Downtown Honolulu as seen from our cruise ship. Those twin towers (known as One Waterfront Towers) are condos offering spectacular views.
Our visit to the USS Arizona Memorial began
with watching a thought-provoking
twenty-minute documentary on the attack on
Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1942. Then a boat
took our whole group to the USS Arizona
Memorial. We had thirty minutes to take in this
moving memorial, where 1,177 crewmen still
lay at rest in their watery grave.
We could see a slick of oil on the surface
which still bubbles up from the ship below. A
list of names of the sailors who died takes up
one wall of the memorial. The 184-foot-long
white structure spans the mid-portion of the
sunken battleship and is quite meaningful in
its own right. In the words of the architect,
Alfred Preis, "The structure sags in the center
but stands strong and vigorous at the ends,
expressing initial defeat and ultimate victory...
The overall effect is one of serenity." The
flagpole flying the US flag is attached to the
severed mainmast of the sunken battleship.
We were glad to get to pay our respects at this
important site. Its official name is the World
War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument.
|"The structure sags in the center but stands strong and vigorous at the ends, expressing initial defeat and ultimate victory..."
|"The overall effect is one of serenity"
|The Shrine Room lists the names of the 1,177 crewmen who died when the USS Arizona sank
|This diagram shows how the white structure spans the mid-portion of the sunken battleship
|A slick of oil on the surface still bubbles up from the ship below
|Looking up through the memorial structure at the US flag
|Honolulu waterfront as seen from the top deck of our cruise ship. The white Aloha Tower stands at the end of the pier. It was the first thing
steamship passengers saw when they entered Honolulu harbor. Back then all of Honolulu would come to a standstill to greet the visitors.
|Zoomed-in view of downtown Honolulu with Diamond Head and Waikiki in the distance
|This "Tree of Life" design also appears in the Shrine Room of the memorial