Every December 7 at Pearl Harbor, there is a memorial to those who died in the awful attacks that day in 1941. Survivors gather here, though fewer every year remain alive. Oil still rises from where the USS Arizona lies in the harbor. The horrific events of December 7 are still a raw part of the history here.
Several months ago, the civil defense sirens went off all over Oahu. It was a glitch in the system, but I remember an elderly woman in downtown Honolulu who said she looked at the sky because she remembers when there really was an air raid, and the sirens bring her back to that time of eminent danger when what seemed impossible unfolded in front of her young eyes.
For history buffs, students, and all sorts of tourists, this is a "must visit" National Park on Oahu.
Tickets to take the boat to the memorial are cheap (but do require an advanced booking of a couple days), and there are several other activities and museums at Pearl Harbor to explore including a walk through the USS Bowfin.
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In O'ahu, Hawaii the 'Arizona Memorial' is impressive, Hickam Air force Base entrance spectacular, and Diamond Head unforgettable.But the memorial for the USA submarines that sank during WWII gripped me as a lost thought to the large battleships that was bombed nearby. Take a minute to think about the panic from these men in their last moments.