The USS Arizona Memorial is the final resting place for many of the battleship’s 1,177 crew members who lost their lives on December 7, 1941, when Pearl Harbor was the target of a surprise arial attack by Japan. The Memorial commemorates the site where World War II began for the United States.
I was within walking distance of the USS Arizona site during the last week of December 1995, but was unable to visit the memorial because President William Jefferson Clinton had closed all national parks, etc. when Congress continued its failure to enact the federal budget that was to have been enacted by the previous October 1st. It was especially frustrating to me because my hotel in Honolulu at Waikiki Beach was just down the street abit and I could see the USS Arizona Memorial from the balcony.
Shortly after I had left Honolulu, Congress enacted the budget and President Clinton re-opened all the national parks and other federal agencies that had been shut down. I hope to revisit the area again in the year 2008 and visit the USS Arizona Memorial.
Visit the USS Arizona Memorial website.