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USS Arizona Memorial

  • Memorial/Monument/Tomb

Published 01/10/2017

Fodor's Review

Lined up tight in a row of seven battleships off Ford Island, the USS Arizona took a direct hit on December 7, 1941, exploded, and rests still on the shallow bottom where she settled. A visit to what is now known as the World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument, begins prosaically—a line, a wait filled with shopping, visiting the museum, and strolling the grounds (though you can reserve timed tickets online at www.recreation.gov and skip the wait). When your tour starts, you watch a short documentary film, then board the ferry to the memorial. The swooping, stark-white memorial, which straddles the wreck of the USS Arizona, was designed by Honolulu architect Alfred Preis to represent both the depths of the low-spirited, early days of the war, and the uplift of victory. A somber, contemplative mood descends upon visitors during the ferry ride; this is a place where 1,777 people died. Gaze at the names of the dead carved into the wall of white marble. Look at oil on the water's surface, still slowly escaping from the sunken ship. Scatter flowers (but no lei—the string is bad for the fish). Salute the flag. Remember Pearl Harbor.

Sight Information


World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, 96818, USA



Website: www.nps.gov/valr

Sight Details:

  • Free (timed-entry tickets $1.50); museum audio tours $7.50. Arrive early for limited same-day tickets
  • For reservations: www.recreation.gov or 877/444–6777

Published 01/10/2017


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