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Posted on Friday, December 7th, 2012

Dave!On Pearl Harbor Day, I can't help but think back to the times I've visited this National Historic Landmark. The Visitor Center was re-opened in 2010 after having been beautifully remodeled, and should be on everybody's travel to-do list. The changes and upgrades made by the National Parks Service are world-class and absolutely destination-worthy.

One thing that hasn't changed at the center is the USS Arizona Memorial, which is one of the most stunning monuments I've ever seen. Meant to resemble a bridge over the wreckage of the ship, it was designed by Alfred Preis and had an opening dedication on May 30th, 1962. In some ways, the structure is very much rooted in a 1960's design sensibility... but in others, it feels modern and timeless in a way that few architectural achievements have managed...

Arizona Memorial

Arizona Memorial

Arizona Memorial

Arizona Memorial

Like I said, well worth a visit. Get there early (or reserve a spot online) so you can claim a water shuttle ticket, because there's a limited number of people allowed on the monument each day.

If Hawaii isn't in your travel plans, I understand that the National Parks Service is planning on touring the US with some kind of mobile exhibit in 2016 for their 100th anniversary. So maybe Pearl Harbor will be coming your way in a few years? Keep an eye out.

   
Today and every day, thanks to those who gave their lives in service of their country. Whether aboard the USS Arizona... elsewhere at Pearl Harbor... or in foreign lands far from home... you are remembered by a grateful nation.

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  1. My grandfather was on the Tennessee, trapped below deck after she went down. A year or two after he passed away my wife and I were going on vacation to Hawaii and we went to the Memorial. The original plan was to have my mother accompany me so we could spread some of his ashes over the Tennessee, as was his wish, but she couldn’t bring them.

    The whole museum, including the submarine (USS Blowfin?) was worthwhile, but nothing compared to going out to the Memorial. The only thing I didn’t like was the throng of Japanese students being so loud and disrespectful. I bit my tongue because I didn’t want to add to their activity, but I would like to go back at a quieter time.

  2. I “remember” going to visit the Arizona as a kid in 1983 and listening to the audio commentary of the place on this phone thing. Was pretty awesome. A few years later the first plastic model kit I ever made was of the USS Arizona (I still have it!). Good memories. Would love to go back again some time and visit the Missouri (again :) )

  3. martymankins says:

    My only visit to this memorial was in March 2009. A very solemn feeling once you step off the boat.

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