Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Hawaii - Day Seven

Day Seven - Pearl Harbor

Hector and I spent our last day in Hawaii honoring those who bravely died for our freedom at Pearl Harbor and every other war fought in by American heroes.

The USS Arizona Memorial tour began with a short video that showed live footage of the events that unfolded on December 7, 1941, "a date which will live in infamy".

After the video, we took a short ferry ride out to the USS Arizona Memorial. While riding out to the memorial, I thought of my grandpa that served as an airplane gunman in WWII. He passed away from cancer when I was a sophomore in high school.

Once at the memorial, it was a great time for reflection and giving thanks. The memorial is built directly on top of the sunken USS Arizona that serves as a tomb for over 1,000 sailors. The battleship contains an estimated 500,000 gallons of oil and leaks approximately 2 quarts a day and is referred to as "Tears of the Arizona".

In living our busy day to day lives, it is easy to forget the sacrifices made of those before us, allowing us to live in freedom. After visiting the USS Arizona Memorial, I have made it a goal to give daily thanks to those who have fought for and defended our freedom in this great country.


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