Today is December 7th, a day which lives in infamy. This is one of my favorite periods in time to remember. Not sure why I chose this period in time growing up to remember but as an adult I have had the privilege to visit the Arizona Memorial twice and each time have been moved by the powerful emotional effect it has had on me. It was surreal to see the actual place and location of the ships you see in pictures and in movies. To know how close the ships were anchored off shore; literally feet from shore and to hear how many people drowned. To stand on the Arizona Memorial and look down into the water and see bubbles of oil still to this day floating to the surface as a remembrance that you are standing on top of the final resting place of 1,177 crewmen who unwillingly gave their lives.
If you ever have a chance to go to Hawaii I highly recommend you visit the USS Arizona memorial – the final resting place for many of the 1,177 crewmen killed on December 7, 1941 when Japanese Naval Forces bombed Pearl Harbor. The park is set up in a way that you can walk around and learn about what happened on this day, why it happened and the acts of valor by the men and women who were literally jolted out of bed at 7:55 am Sunday morning by the explosions of bombs. Soak in the history and the special tribute paid to the men and women who gave their lives in one of America’s saddest times but at the same time “Woke a sleeping giant”.
My family proudly hangs a flag in front of our house that was flown over the Arizona Memorial on July 4th. It carries a special meaning to us knowing it was flown over the memorial and serves a reminder of the sacrifice others have made. If you are looking for a special gift to give someone you can purchase a flag on line here http://www.pacifichistoricparksbookstore.org/browse.cfm/2,6.html it helps fund the park and will be a gift that can last a lifetime.