Oahu Attraction | USS Arizona Memorial
The USS Arizona Memorial is an important Oahu Attraction that is visited by people from around the world.
The USS Arizona Memorial is the final resting place of men who died during the attacks on Pearl Harbor. Visit this important Oahu Attraction during your next visit.
About the USS Arizona Memorial:
The USS Arizona Memorial rests silently in Pearl Harbor. Once the pride of the American fleet, it now serves as the final resting place for 1,102 of the 1,177 of the men that once served on this vessel. Considered a national tomb, a visit to this Oahu Attraction is both moving and awe inspiring. When looking for Honolulu Things to Do, consider this memorial to those who gave the ultimate sacrifice at Pearl Harbor.
Built in 1915 at the Brooklyn Navy Yard, the Arizona was the elite of its time. Under the hand of the then Assistant Secretary of the Navy, Franklin D. Roosevelt, the Arizona was a super dreadnaught and considered the top of the line. Though she saw no battles in World War I she was the flagship that escorted President Wilson’s ship to Versailles, France to sign the peace treaty ending World War I.
Looking down on the turret you will see the evidence of the air torpedo attacks. The rusty hull is a reminder of times of war and times of sacrifice. The USS Arizona still has oil that bubbles to the surface. Though it has been researched as an environmental concern, attempts to contain the bubbles have failed, and the rainbow spots on the water’s surface appear daily, and have come to be known as the tears of the Arizona crew.
The USS Arizona Memorial was conceived to “be maintained in honor and commemoration of the members of the Armed Forces of the United States who gave their lives to their country during the attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, on December 7, 1941.”
As you tour the USS Arizona Memorial you will be able to view the memorial wall with the names of crew members listed. While aboard, note the design of the long white bridge construction. The sway in the middle and the high peak ends set purposely to commemorate the strength of America before and after victory and the depression that followed the attack at Pearl Harbor.
During the tour, you will learn some amazing facts about the crew, the ship, and the events that set the beginning of the US involvement in World War II.
Daily - 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Free, but the number of daily tickets are limited. Tickets are distributed in the morning.