The USS Arizona

On the move, now, slowly
Leaving Pearl
Standing at the massive hangar bay three elevator open door
On our port (left) side,
The USS Arizona Memorial
Bright white, smooth lines
Solemn, silent reminder

She is below, resting place of 1,102 sailors killed on her December 7, 1941
Japanese attack on Pearl

As she comes into view, things go silent in the bay
Faces and bodies turn outward toward her
Sailors come to attention
All crisply salute (You could hear a pin drop)

Salutes held until we reach the USS Missouri
Then salutes dropped, but sailors remain braced at attention

Respect for those gone there

(An emotional moment on this journey)




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