We lined up for our numbered tickets that served as our free admission. Once inside the Visitor Center, we were practically free to explore the place which had a museum, an exhibit and a small bookshop. We were also free to walk around the grounds.
The actual tour starts with a 20 minute documentary film about that fateful day Pearl Harbor was attacked. We entered the theater by groups based on our numbered tickets. Afterwards, we waited for our boat ride that would take us to the memorial.
It was a quick boat ride.
Once we reached it, we were free to explore the Memorial by ourselves.
This is the great marble wall where the names of the sailors and marines who died where carved.
I forgot what part of the ship this is right behind Mon; it is the only part of the actual battleship that remains visible above the level of the water.
There is this open area in the center of the Memorial where people can actually look below and try to see the remains of the battleship.
Sunshine filtered thru the open roofing as an American flag proudly danced in the wind.Visiting the USS Arizona Memorial was a solemn experience for us. And seeing how the American government and its people pay their respects and how they remember their departed heroes leaves we me with a sad heart at how we treat or maltreat our own.