On February 22, 2002,
our class went to the U.S.S. Arizona Memorial. The
Arizona Memorial is a tribute to the 1,177 men who
lost their lives when the Japanese Naval Forces
bombed the U.S.S. Arizona on December 7, 1941. At
the memorial, we couldn't even begin to imagine the
grief that all of their families went through. It
is built on the remains of the sunken battleship
and has every man's name carved into its
magnificent marble wall.
At the memorial we
had the opportunity to see a short film about the
attack of Pearl Harbor. It showed real footage of
December 7, 1941. The film also included a portion
of the speech that President Franklin D. Roosevelt
said after the attack. He said that it is our day
of infamy, and he asked the congress to declare war
on the empire of Japan and its allies. After the
film, we took a boat ride to the U.S.S. Arizona .
Sixty years after the bombing of Pearl Harbor, oil
has been steadily leaking from the U.S.S. Arizona.
Many people refer to this as 'black tears'. It is
believed that when the last survivor of the bombing
on the U.S.S. Arizona passes away, the 'black
tears' will stop.
The day of infamy
caused a lot of damage, but all of the ships were
able to be restored except for the U.S.S. Arizona,
the U.S.S. Oklahoma, the U.S.S. Utah, and the
U.S.S. Nevada. Still today there are ceremonies in
remembrance of those who lost their lives on
December 7, 1941. Going there was an amazing
experience that helped us to understand better what
a tragedy it was.