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USS Arizona Memorial

Aiea, Hawaii, United States

History Hit

24 Nov 2020

About USS Arizona Memorial

The USS Arizona Memorial is a monument to the American service people who died during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on 7 December 1941. It is located on the Hawaiian island of Oahu.

This surprise attack has become one of the most infamous in US history, particularly as it led to the US declaring war on Japan the very next day and thus entering World War II.

Out of the 2,400 US military personnel and civilians killed in the attack on Pearl Harbor, almost 1,200 died on the USS Arizona – the greatest loss of life on a US warship. The majority of those who perished on the USS Arizona are laid to rest there. Their names are also listed on one of the memorial’s walls.

Today, the USS Arizona Memorial is located over the remains of the original warship. Visitors are invited to commemorate the attack on Pearl Harbor by touring this and surrounding sites. The USS Arizona Memorial is itself only accessible via the official tour, which begins at the visitor centre (generally every 15 minutes). This also has a number of exhibits about the Pearl Harbor Attack.

This monument is part of the National Park Service’s WWII Valour in the Pacific Monument.

It is worth noting here that security is extremely high at the USS Arizona Memorial, to the extent that any form of bag is prohibited at the site.

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