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The USS Arizona Memorial, which is part of the World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument, commemorates US military personnel who were killed during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. The submerged Arizona battleship still holds the remains of over a thousand servicemen. Visiting offers a chance to remember their courage and sacrifice and to experience an important place in history.

The Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor was intended to cripple the US Pacific Fleet and demoralize the US such that it would not enter World War II or at least buy the Japanese time to make new conquests without interference. In fact it galvanized the US and served as a rallying cry from that point forward. Also from a military perspective, the attack had little practical effect. Most of the damaged ships were repaired and crucially none of the US aircraft carriers were in port at the time.

The US Navy operates free ferries to the Arizona memorial. Before taking the ferry, everyone is directed into a theatre to view a short documentary about the attack. In addition to the Arizona Memorial, there are also two free historical museums. They have a respective focus on the events leading up to the attack and the attack itself. Both are relatively small but insightful and worthwhile.

Given its prominence, this is a very popular historical site. Tickets are limited and it is important to arrive early if you want to ensure you will be able to see the Arizona. Surviving servicemen from the Arizona also are sometimes present to answer questions. Interestingly, the Arizona Memorial is quite popular with Japanese tourists as well.
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