The Arizona Memorial at Pearl Harbor

January 27, 2017 Paul Groves

Day 23 of 111. Honolulu, Hawaii

This morning, we took a tour of the Arizona Memorial and the Battleship, Missouri. In Pearl Harbor, there are several memorials associated with the bombing on December 7, 1941. The battleships that were harbored there were named after states of the union. The Arizona was hit with a bomb from the surprise attack by the Japanese that ignited the ammunition on the ship and killed over 900 men. The ship is the grave for these men and a white memorial was erected above the ship. It is a very somber trip to visit the site and most people mill around and you can see that they are pondering the events that led to that memorial.

We next went to the Battleship, Missouri (Big MO) that was the site of the surrender of the Japanese to the Allied Forces. The document of surrender was signed on the ship and we were able to see the spot where it happened. These two sites represent the beginning and the end of World War II. There was a place to eat next to the Missouri, so we split a Loco Moko which is a couple of scoops of rice with brown gravy, a hamburger patty and a fried egg. We split one serving because it is pretty heavy, but tasty.