December 7th: Pearl Harbor Day

United States
December 7, 2015 6:50am CST
Today in history the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor, Hawaii and it is a day many of us will never forget even if we weren't alive then. I know I will never forget Pearl Harbor.... I lived in Hawaii for several years and my first visit to the Arizona Memorial was with a local girl scout troop that my friend was in charge of. She asked if I would go with them to the Arizona and I agreed. On the boat that takes you out to the Arizona I tried to explain to the girls that this was like visiting a cemetery but it is an underwater grave. They seemed to understand. I told them they had to be very quiet and show respect. But when we walked on the Arizona the feelings that overtook me were amazing. To see the name of those lost, to see oil coming up from the ship after so many years and to see the faces of the visitors ... with tears streaming down their faces was surreal. On that hot summer day I felt chills running up and down my body. I don't think I stopped crying until we were back in the van heading back home. The girls were like angels that day, they were perfectly well behaved. We received many compliments about them from other visitors. That was my first but not my last visit to the Arizona. Each visit was the same, tears, quiet and sadness. If you visit Hawaii please be sure to go to the Arizona Memorial. It will touch your heart.
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@LadyDuck (126137)
• Switzerland
7 Dec 15
I fear that I will never visit Hawaii, but I can imagine your feelings. Some places are very emotional.
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• United States
7 Dec 15
Yes they are and it's not a bad thing to be emotional.
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@LadyDuck (126137)
• Switzerland
7 Dec 15
@AbbyGreenhill Not at all, I appreciate people who are ready to show their emotions.
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@Rollo1 (16713)
• Boston, Massachusetts
7 Dec 15
I won't be able to visit Hawaii, but since I was very small, I understood what the day signified and the terrible loss of life.
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• United States
7 Dec 15
Like the World Trade Center, being there makes it different, makes it more real if that is possible.
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@marlina (64706)
• Canada
7 Dec 15
@AbbyGreenhill Very well written post on "A Day In Infamy". Very emotional.
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• United States
7 Dec 15
@marlina Thank you. That happened in 1970 and I still remember every detail.
@whiteream (3558)
• United States
9 Dec 15
Can you believe no channel played anything about Pearl Harbor? I looked and there was nothing. I am a Big History Buff.
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• United States
9 Dec 15
Wow, I must admit I didn't notice, probably because I watch mostly HGTV or the Food Network.
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@whiteream (3558)
• United States
9 Dec 15
@AbbyGreenhill There was nothing. My husband ended up putting a tape in.
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@rebelann (34147)
• El Paso, Texas
8 Dec 15
I can only imagine what that must have been like.
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• United States
8 Dec 15
Totally surreal
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@Jessicalynnt (47938)
• Centralia, Missouri
7 Dec 15
oil still seeps to the surface? wow.
• United States
7 Dec 15
Yes it does - sort of amazing isn't it.
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