Honolulu - Day 4 - USS Arizona Memorial
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If there's ever been a defining moment in the short history of The United States of America that truly changed the course of our history (before Sept 11), it would have to be the Japanese surprise attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii on December 7, 1941 that launched the US into World War II.
The USS Arizona Memorial is the final resting place for many of the ship's 1,100+ crew members that lost their lives that fateful day. The National Park Service operates a visitor's center along with a fleet of launches operated by the US Navy to carry visitor's to the actual memorial. It is a very peaceful place where you'll often see family members of those killed throwing flowers into the water. There is a marble wall listing the names of every service member killed in the attack.
Interestingly enough, you'll see many, many Japanese tourists at the USS Arizona Memorial, especially older one's that are intrigued by the attack on Pearl Harbor and want to understand why their country launched such a devastating offensive. Most come out of mere interest; while many others come to reconcile.