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Saturday’s scene: remembering the USS Arizona on Memorial Day

2012/05/26by Donna Hull


USS Arizona Memorial, Oahu, Hawaii

I photographed the USS Arizona Memorial while on a Seabourn cruise excursion to the World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument, better known as Pearl Harbor. Unfortunately, a photo doesn’t capture the somberness of the visit. When I boarded the Navy boat in Pearl Harbor that takes visitors to the USS Arizona Memorial, the Navy officer on duty requested that the group proceed quietly in respect to the dead sailors entombed in the ship. Her words set the tone for a sad, but inspiring experience.

This Memorial Day weekend (2012) marks the 50th anniversary of the USS Arizona Memorial. World War II Valor in the Pacific will be hosting a number of special events including Sunset Boat Tours on Sunday, May 27 and Monday, May 28, 2012.

Have you visited the USS Arizona Memorial? Post a comment to share your experience. I especially like this post at the The Vacation Gals where Kara Williams makes a family connection during her visit.


A boomer travel and lifestyle authority who is exploring the world one activity at a time. Besides writing and publishing My Itchy Travel Feet, she also writes about boomer travel for My Well-Being Powered by Humana, Make It Missoula and is the author of New Mexico Backroads Weekend Adventure.

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May 26, 2012 at 3:17 am

My wife has been before and has often commented on how moving the experience it was. I always find it incredible that sailors are still entombed below… must be such a powerfully moving day when you visit.
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Nancy May 29, 2012 at 8:18 pm

We recently visited the memorial for the first time, Donna, and found it to be a very moving, very humbling experience. I hope visitors to Oahu will make the time to stop by and pay their respects.
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sheryl May 30, 2012 at 7:03 pm

I’ve not visited the memorial; have never been to Hawaii. I’d imagine it is a very sobering experience, though.
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grayspirit November 21, 2012 at 12:53 am

I used to work at a college not too far from the memorial. Seems like ages ago now though. Retired … and yeah, I got them itchy feet also!
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Donna Hull
November 27, 2012 at 6:32 am

Thanks for stopping by and commenting. Where are your retired itchy travel feet taking you?


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