The U.S.S. Arizona
The battle ship U.S.S. Arizona is on the bottom of the ocean at Pearl Harbor. It happened on December 7, 1941. The ship was one of many that were attacked by the Japanese. It was a Sunday. President Franklin Roosevelt called it "a date which will live in infamy." There were pictures of the Japanese attack. News of her sinking was on the front page of newspapers across the country. The photographs showed the battle of the U.S. Pacific Fleet at Pearl Harbor. This was the start of a war that took thousands of American lives. The country will never forget, what hppened at Pearl Harbor and to the U. S. S. Arizona. The battle cry of the war became, "Remember Pearl Harbor."
More than a million people visit the USS Arizona Memorial each year. They go through the building and toss flower wreaths and leis into the water. They watch the iridescent slick of oil slick that still leaks from the broken ship after more than 50 years at the bottom of the sea. They read the names of the dead carved in marble on the Memorial's walls.