Historians have said that over 2,403 lives were lost eighty years ago in the attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. Over 1,000 were injured. Nearby bases, shipyards, and other sites were also bombed by the Japanese in a significant and devastating offensive.
It is a very somber experience to visit the Pearl Harbor National Memorial in Oahu, Hawaii. Many ships were sunk in this harbor, with memorial markers built over their locations.
The Pearl Harbor National Memorial includes museum exhibits along the shoreline, which help explain the horrific attack, from both the American and Japanese perspectives.
Visitors can walk through the memorial straddling the U.S.S. Arizona, where there is a wall of the names of those lost on this particular ship.
There are remnants of the ships poking out of the water throughout the harbor, along with oil still leaking out. Surprisingly, wildlife has found a way to reclaim the lost ships as their own habitat.
If you are like me and studied this attack and the war in history class, but it occurred before your time, the Pearl Harbor National Memorial really brings to life the day that Pearl Harbor was attacked and the U.S. entered World War II. If you ever get to visit Oahu, I highly recommend a trip over to the memorial to pay your respects.
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