Any American who visits Oahu should make sure they spend at least one day at Pearl Harbor.
There are only eight living survivors of Pearl Harbor, all in their nineties so we were pleasantly surprised to notice this:
One of the Pearl Harbor survivors was actually there the same day we were! He had written a memoir and was signing copies. We got a picture with him:
Then we boarded a little boat to go out to the Arizona Memorial.
We weren’t allowed to bring any bags onto the base so I had to be stuffed in a blue plastic bag we got after we bought the survivor’s book. It looks like I’m wearing a blue poncho.
Early in the morning on December 7th, 1941, the soldiers were getting ready for more of a leisurely day of church and rest since it was Sunday. Some were singing the National Anthem when the Japanese struck.
The Americans weren’t ready, even though there had been a call that planes were flying into Honolulu territory.
Another call was sent out that it was okay because they were expecting fighter planes from CA and not to worry.
They didn’t know until it was too late that those planes were Japanese torpedo planes ready to bomb down on the US Navy.
The USS Arizona was destroyed.
Oil still leaks from it to this day.
The USS Missouri was damaged.
But it served a key point in the war because it was on this ship that the Japanese signed their surrender.
The attack on Pearl Harbor was the worst the Navy has ever seen.
More than 23,000 Americans were killed.
The attack, however proved to be the undoing of the Japanese.
Because of this attack, the Americans were in shock and they rallied together and became a united force to eventually win the war.
I am proud to be an American and I am so grateful to everyone in the military for fighting for my safety and freedom.
The Arizona memorial stands as a memorial to those who gave up their lives that day,
but also it is a reminder to us, that we should never forget what happened on December, 1941, and we should never forget what it costs to be a soldier.
After the boat brought us back we walked around the grounds which was a sort of outside museum. We got to climb on the anchor of the USS Arizona.
Look how big it is!
We saw the USS Bowfin, a WWII submarine from a distance.
And then we had some fun with the Hawaii foliage.
Don’t you love this bird of paradise flower in my hair? I feel like my hair’s on fire.
Then I found a palm tree that was just my size!
Up, up, up,
Here I am! Queen Kanani of Oahu!
Fourth of July is coming, so don’t forget to have fun and celebrate that day, but also remember our troops who keep our country free.