Monday, May 28, 2018

The USS Arizona Memorial is closed indefinitely, which is a shame

The memorial that spans the wreck of the USS Arizona, a battleship that was sunk during the attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, by the Japanese on Dec. 7, 1941 has been closed indefinitely because of structural problems.
Damage to the USS Arizona Memorial at Pearl Harbor in Honolulu was worse than expected and it will remain closed indefinitely, officials said.
Boat transportation to the attraction was suspended May 6 after one of the vessel operators noticed a crack on the outside of the memorial, Hawaii News Now reported.
Tourists were allowed to disembark at the memorial after crews completed interim repairs. But the cracks reappeared hours later, indicating a more serious issue.
The memorial is a very moving experience, and I hope they get it open again soon. It commemorates the disastrous loss of the USS Arizona, with the loss of more than 1,500 of her crew, early during the Sunday morning sneak attack by the Japanese on Dec. 7, 1941, that brought the United States into World War II. You can look down at the sunken ship, which was left at the bottom of the harbor as a tomb for the hundreds of men who died that day whose bodies were trapped inside the sunken ship. Hundreds of survivors of the attack have over the years had their ashes entombed in the sunken ship with their shipmates. I hope they get it open again soon, because people need to remember the sacrifices made by those sailors. Today is Memorial Day, and these are the people this holiday is meant to honor. I'm afraid that too many people today don't even realize why they had today off work. Here's why:

Never forget.

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