Pearl Harbor – A Visit to Remember

While we were on our vacation in Oahu recently, we visited Pearl Harbor.

We took a short boat ride out to the USS Arizona Memorial — the site where the USS Arizona battleship went down in 1941.

It was amazing to look into the ocean and see the top of the ship still sticking out of the water…

and oil still seeping to the surface from below after so many years.

The kids were fascinated by the other ships there too,

and by the torpedoes.

(They were huge; that’s me and the kids at the bottom of this one.)

It was sad to see so many names inscribed on the memorial wall…

but it was an honor to be able to meet four survivors that happened to be there the day we were visiting…

I got emotional watching my kids shake hands with these men, and both my son and daughter seemed to understand the privilege they had in meeting them. As we were leaving, my son even said, “If I come back here with my kids some day, Mom, they won’t be able to meet survivors, will they?”

It was a visit to remember, and it was great to be able to teach the kids about this piece of history, and to learn more about it ourselves.

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  1. Interspersed with visits to Disneyland and other 'fun' places, I think it's important that our children get to visit places where they learn about history… their history. Definitely a visit to remember. :)When you have a chance, could you please check out and maybe enter one (or both) of my giveaways? Thanks!US$80 CSN GiveawayUS$40 CSN Giveaway

  2. Definitely a visit to remember- what a great honor to be able to meet survivors… truly an amazing trip and teaching tool for your children. Love the last photo- beautiful shot!

  3. What a wonderful to celebrate our History…I'm sure the kids will remember that for a long time.

  4. What an interesting post and how amazing that your children got to meet those survivors and how very wise a comment by your son. But he will be able to tell his children about the day he met those amazing men.

  5. Heartbreaking. But so so important. And what an honor to meet some of the survivors! I can't imagine how absolutely humbling that would be.

  6. What an honor it must have been for you to visit this site and meet those four men.Great post for this upcoming Veteran's Day.Peace and blessings to your day!Jeanine

  7. What a prefect Veteran's Day post. And I do remember going there when I was in college. Even though Hawaii was more about partying at that time of my life, I remember getting emotional when I visited Pearl Harbor.

  8. I remember how emotional I was when I had the chance to visit the Memorial several years ago. It was an experience I will never forget.

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