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Visiting Pearl Harbor

A do-not-miss when in Hawaii
A do-not-miss when in Hawaii
Sandra Scott

World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument is the place to learn about the beginning and end of World War II. It preserves and interprets the stories of the Pacific War, including the events at Pearl Harbor, the internment of Japanese Americans, the battles in the Aleutians, the occupation of Japan and the signing of the peace treaty on the Battleship Missouri.

Before visiting the USS Arizona where 1,177 crew lost their lives on December 7, 1941 when the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor a 23-minute documentary in the Pacific Memorial Theater relates the attack that lead to the United States declaring war. Visitors then proceed to the Memorial built over the sunken ship where the names of those who died on the USS Arizona are engraved on the marble war.

Tip: those unable to get tickets should try to get in Stand By at the Pacific Memorial Theater.

There are memorial along the waterfront along with other displays that explain tbe events and honor those who served. A shuttle bus takes visitors to the recently refurbished Battleship Missouri, the site of the Japan’s official surrendered to the United States that ended World War II. The “Mighty Mo” also served during the Korean War and the Gulf War.