"Pearl harbor-USS Arizona Memorial" Pearl Harbor Tip by machomikemd
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December 7, 2008 marks the 66th anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor and The United States' entry into World War II. Pearl Harbor and the USS Arizona Memorial remain top tourist destinations in Hawaii with over 1,500,000 visitors annually. The addition of the Battleship Missouri and the 1999 opening of the USS Missouri Memorial has further enhanced the importance of this historic area. The memorial, dedicated in 1962, spans the sunken hull of the battleship without touching it. Since it opened in 1980, the National Park Service has operated the USS Arizona Memorial Visitor Center associated with the memorial. Historical information about the attack, boat access to the memorial, and general visitor services are available at the center. The 19,585 pound anchor of the Arizona is displayed at the entrance of the visitor center.
three main parts to the national memorial: entry, assembly room, and shrine. At the entry, visitors pass one of the battleship's two bells. The central assembly room features seven large open windows on either wall and ceiling, to commemorate the date of the attack. It also contains an opening in the floor overlooking the sunken decks of the oil-seeping wreck. (The oil seeping is sometimes referred to as "black tears" or "the tears of the Arizona". It is from this opening that visitors come to pay their respects by tossing flowers and lei in honor of the fallen sailors. Every President of the United States since Franklin D. Roosevelt, and every Emperor of Japan since Hirohito, has made a pilgrimage to the site. The shrine at the far end is a marble wall that bears the names of all those killed on the USS Arizona, protected behind velvet ropes. Contrary to popular belief, the USS Arizona is no longer in commission. As a special tribute to the ship and her lost crew, the United States flag flies from the flagpole, which is attached to the severed mainmast of the sunken battleship. Every day a different flag is raised, the previous day's flag folded and given to special persons.
Address: Arizona Memorial; Battleship Missouri; Bowfin
Directions: 1 Arizona Memorial Place, Honolulu, HI 96818
othercontact: Toll free: (866) DEC-1941 (332-1
Phone: (808) 487-DEC7 (3327),
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