Visiting Pearl Harbor on Veteran's Day
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The Arizona Memorial is a very emotional experience. While you are waiting for your ferry there is a lot to do. You can shop at the gift shop or check out the historical displays. When your group is called you watch a short film about the attack and then board your ferry.
While you are at the memorial, everything is very quiet and still. There is a wall that lists the names of those who were killed, and the size of it is overwhelming. When you look over the edge and see the ship below you, and the pools of oil that have bubbled to the surface you realize that the names on that wall belong to people who are buried below you; those who were unable to escape the sinking ship.
Perhaps because it was Veteran's Day, the most moving part of my experience was speaking with many of the veterans that were in attendance. Some were there to honor those who served before them, but some where there to remember the people that served beside them.