USS Arizona Memorial. Monument in Honolulu, Oahu

USS Arizona Memorial

Monument in Honolulu, Oahu

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USS Arizona Memorial

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The U.S.S. Arizona Memorial is located within Pearl Harbor (Wikipedia
	Article), just off the coast of Honolulu in Hawaii. It wasn't until 1962 that the monument was complete, and it acts as a tribute to the fallen American servicemen who lost their lives in 1941. On December 7, 1941, Japan's military attacked the United States in a shocking turn of events by bombing the harbor. The most notable American ship that was lost was the U.S.S. Arizona, which held over 1,100 servicement and all but 75 lost their lives that day on the ship. The planning for the monument started in 1949 and was set to begin construction in 1951. However, the start of the Korean War (Wikipedia Article) delayed the project. Throughout the next decade, funding was created in a multitude of ways to help build the monument, including a famous benefit concert from legendary musician Elvis Presley.

Unique Monument

One of the most unique parts of the monument is that you can actually see the sunken hull of the U.S.S. Arizona underneath the monument. This is because the water is so clear and the ship was so large, that it can be seen at anytime during the day. The remains of the Arizona have remained untouched since the memorial was built and in 1989, it was established as a national landmark. To get to the memorial, you must travel by boat. The monument itself is a bridge, but doesn't connect between two parts of land. Instead, it is a floating memorial that is nearly 61 meter long with a capacity of nearly 200 people. Another unique aspect of the U.S.S. Arizona Memorial is the fact that sometimes, oil can still be seen leaking from the remains of the ship. Even after 60 years, this has been seen by some of the visitors and referred to as “Arizona's tears”.

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USS Arizona Memorial. Photo by Jasperdo


Each year, there are more than 1 million visitors to the U.S.S. Arizona Memorial. This doesn't include those that come to Pearl Harbor for other reasons, but just the 200 foot long bridge itself. This makes it one of the most visited landmarks in all of the United States, despite the fact it is over 1,609 kilometers away from the contingent United States. Only 4,500 people are given tickets to visit the memorial each day, and those are usually gone by around 10 AM to 11 AM. While on the boat over to the monument, a video is shown to remind visitors of what happened on that day in 1941.

Addition of the Missouri

Right before the new millenium, the U.S.S. Missouri battleship was added to be a part of the memorial. The Missouri battleship is docked near the remains of the Arizona. This is significant because the Missouri was the ship in which the Japanese surrendered to the United States. The addition of the Missouri symbolizes both the beginning and end of America's involvement in the second World War, one of the most significant eras in United States' history.

Nearby Landmarks

  • USS Bowfin Submarine Museum and Park, located just northeast of the memorial.
  • Honolulu, the major city that neighbors Pearl Harbor.
  • Ford Island, home of the Battleship Missouri Memorial on the other side of the Harbor.

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    Author: koreydbeckett. Last updated: Nov 30, 2014


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