My journey while touring Pearl Harbor brought up mixed emotions from anger to sadness and ultimately to hope.
Pearl Harbor is on the island of O'ahu, Hawaii. On December 7, 1941 a Japanese Naval Fleet secretly moved into position north of the island of O'ahu and launched a surprise attack on the Pacific Fleet that was anchored in Pearl Harbor.
|Inside the museum, this is one of the first panels of a timeline |
that explains what happen on December 7, 1941.
|A boat takes small groups out to the USS Arizona Memorial.|
|The USS Arizona Memorial is built over the remains |
of the sunken battleship USS Arizona.
The USS Arizona Memorial consists of three sections the entry, assembly room and the shrine.
A small plaque is also installed in this area which bears the names of the survivors from the Arizona.
|Flags line both sides of the entryway.|
|In the assembly room, there are seven large open windows on |
each side and on the ceiling to commemorate the date of the attack.
|The assembly room is a quiet place |
with just a few hushed whispers being heard.
|A few pieces of the ship are visible above the water line.|
|The out line of the submerged ship.|
|This postcard shows the sunken remains of USS Arizona. The white blocks to|
the right are the mooring quays that once secured the great warships in 1941.
|Inside the shrine is a marble wall that contains the names of all killed on the Arizona.|
|Sanderson appeared on the marble wall, perhaps |
a relative of my husband.
Tears filled my eyes as I stood in this room and saw all of the names carved on the wall, the room was quiet, and sorrow filled the air.
As I left the shrine area and re-entered the assembly room, I looked up and saw the American flag.
|When I saw my countries flag flying high, I said a prayer of thanks|
for all of the men and women who have fought and continue to fight
so I could live in a free land.
|This Tree of Life sculpture stands tall in the walk way of the visitors center.|
This sculpture reminded me that life goes on with the hope that future generations
learn from past events and find a better way to resolve differences.
|The Tree of Life can also be seen on either side inside |
the shrine area on the USS Arizona Memorial.