The USS Arizona Memorial in Pearl Harbor marks the resting place for many of the 1,177 crewmen who died onboard USS Arizona. The USS Arizona battleship sank when the Japanese Naval Forces bombed Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. That attack and the attack on the island of Oahu was what caused the United States’ involvement in the Second World War. Book an Arizona Memorial Tour with us and we will take you to the same spot where this great ship sank.
Built in 1962, USS Arizona Memorial welcomes over a million visitors every year. On May 5, 1989, the sunken remains of the battleship were declared a National Historic Landmark. The USS Arizona Memorial Visitor Center offers general visitor services which opened in 1980 and is operated by the National Park Service.
The memorial is built over the wreckage of the battleship and is part of the World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument. It is accessible only by U.S. Navy boat. The memorial features historical information about the attack. It has 21 windows which is said to symbolically represent a 21 gun salute.
Arizona Memorial Fun facts
- USS Arizona, continues to leak fuel up to this day. According to a Huffington Post article, the day before the Pearl Harbor attack, USS Arizona took nearly 1.5 million gallons of fuel which until today continues to seep out of the wreckage.
- The Arizona Memorial was designed by Honolulu architect, Alfred Preis.
- All American ships passing by the memorial pay respect by way of a salute. Many foreign ships have adopted this practice.
- Survivors of the Pearl Harbor attack have the option to join their comrades and make Pearl Harbor their final resting place as well. Roughly 30 Arizona survivors have chosen this option.