You first enter an outside holding area while you wait to go into a movie theater that shows a movie about the attack on Pearl Harbor and the sinking of the Battleship Arizona. While you wait for the movie you have access to the Pearl Harbor Museum, where you can see tons of old artifacts, as well as look at footage and war pieces from that era. There is also a souvenir area to purchase small souvenirs from.After the movie, you are ushered onto a small boat that takes you out to the actual Arizona Battleship Memorial. This is a truly touching site. It is in the middle of the bay, where the original ship was sunk. Every person’s name that died on the ship that day is engraved on a metal wall as part of the memorial. You can look down into the ocean and still see where drops of oil leak very slowly out of the sunken ship.
Needless to say, the whole experience was very moving. It gave me more of an insight as to how much those men and women gave up for their country during the war.
Thanks to Frances Baker for the guest post!