The Arizona Memorial is part of the Pacific National Monument dedicated to the heroes of World War II. It is built over the remains of the fallen USS Arizona, the American battleship that sank after the Japanese Naval Troops bombed Pearl Harbor where it was docked on December 7, 1941. Some of the 1, 177 crewmen who perished in the attack had the USS Arizona as their final resting place.
There is a visitor center at the Memorial that is open between 7:00 am and 5:00 pm, seven days a week except holidays, like New Year’s Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas day. There are tour programs for a fee, but distribution of tickets is on a first come, first served basis, so you better get there early.
The tours usually start at around 7:45 a.m. and ends at three in the afternoon. There is no age limit, so everyone in the family can come along. Children below five years of gave must be accompanied by an adult though. There is also no size limit, so even the small kids can really come as long as they are under adult supervision at all times during the entire tour.
After hitting the beaches of Hawaii, you might want to drop by the island’s historical sites and learn more about the rich American history. Pearl Harbor is probably the most popular among these historical spots because of the great impact left by its bombing 69 years ago, but there are a lot of memorials and monuments around the area built in honor of the courageous soldiers who died in the tragedy.
The Arizona Memorial is definitely one place that can show you the important role that Pearl Harbor played during the Second World War. Just a little piece of advice, just make sure to come really early during peak seasons, like summer, as the tickets easily run out during these days.