Today we visited the sites of the beginning and end of the United States involvement in World War II.
In my research, I did not come across the warning to arrive early, as tickets to visit the USS Arizona Memorial are free, but go fast. I think we arrived at 9:30 AM, but received tickets for the 2:30 PM slot. There is so much to do in Oahu, I hadn't planned on spending all day here.
Brynne, however, had read that we should not bring anything but cameras and IDs, no bags or purses.
We carried on and caught the shuttle bus out to Ford Island to see the USS Missouri. Just outside the entrance to the Missouri, was a memorial to the USS Oklahoma:
The USS Missouri Memorial:
This is a life-size replica of the 25-ft sculpture by famed artist Seward Johnson that was inspired by the iconic photograph of a sailor kissing a nurse on August 14, 1945, the day President Harry Truman announced that WWII had ended.
At the end of the dock we had a view of the USS Arizona Memorial:
Decks were made of teak wood:
The Surrender Plaque:
At this point we were on our own to explore the ship. Actually they have the route pretty well laid out, you just follow the arrows at your own pace.
First you enter the Pearl Harbor Memorial Theater and watch a 23-minute documentary about the 12/7/1941 attack.
Then you take a Navy-operated shuttle boat to the Memorial:
As we were leaving the Pearl Harbor Visitors Center, Kent noticed some disappointed faces. There were no more tickets to visit the USS Arizona today. So Kent made a few people happy by handing over our 2:30 tickets.