Tuesday, April 24, 2012

U is for an Ubi Sunt for the U.S.S. Arizona

F.Y.I. I am taking part in the A to Z Challenge.  Stop by tomorrow and check out my poetry in Verse for the letter V.

Where is that serene Sunday morning?
Peace is gone without any warning.
Where are the beautiful sandy shores?
Isolationism a belief never more.
Where are the husbands, fathers, and sons?
Standing bravely at the guns.
Where are the wives and mothers who weep?
Searching for their men who forever sleep.
Where is the U.S.S. Arizona now?
Below her memorial stern to bow.
Her crew entombed within.

Visiting the U.S.S. Arizona Memorial is a somber, yet inspiring event. As you stand amongst people of all nations, remembering the events that lead up to that awful day in history, you are aware of the progress we’ve made and the distance still yet to travel.

If you enjoy history, (and even if you don't), you will enjoy a trip to the U.S.S. Arizona Memorial. The Visitor Center is AMAZING. Videos, models, and an audio tour that allows you to take your own personal walk back in time. Even with the crowds, the atmosphere was one of somber respect. Once your ticket time is called, you are ferried out to  the memorial. Many were speechless as we toured the marble rooms in reverence and admiration of what happened here in 1941.

The U.S.S Arizona was named in honor of Arizona’s recent admission as the union’s 48th state. She escorted President Woodrow Wilson to the Paris Peace Conference, provided aid to survivors of the 1933 Long Beach Earthquake, and was featured in Here Comes the Navy, (1935) starring James Cagney.

During the attack on Pearl Harbor the Arizona was bombed, exploded and sank. Over 1,100 men aboard her lost their lives. Unlike many other ships, the Arizona could not be salvaged. Her wreck still lies at the bottom of Pearl Harbor. In 1962 the U.S.S. Arizona Memorial was dedicated to those how died during the attack. Additionally, any service man who survived, but would like to be buried with his crew, can be cremated and a diver will place his remains on the ship. On May 5, 1989 the U.S.S. Arizona Memorial became a National Historic Landmark.

The Visitor Center is open seven days a week (excluding Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years Day). The tour is free, but requires a ticket for admission. It is best to arrive early because often all tickets are given away by 12:00 noon. New security regulations prohibit any bags on the tour or in the visitor center. It is recommended to hide these items in your trunk BEFORE you arrive at the park because there has been vandalism. We forgot to do this, but noticed security on a bike in the parking lot and did not have any problems.

We truly enjoyed our time here and encourage you to make the U.S.S. Arizona Memorial a part of your trip to Hawai'i. You will not regret it.

2011 marked the 70th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor. Marshall Catch received a personal invitation to come to Hawai'i and sing their single "The Ballad Of The USS Arizona" at the event.

Muse For Today:  Have you ever been aboard a U.S. Navy ship or served in any armed forces?


Sally said...

A lovely poem. My dad was in the Royal Navy from 15 - 40 years old. As a child we were invited to a 'do' on one of the ships he was serving on when it was in dock. I was so surprised at how small everything was - ladders and gangways and even the room where the buffet was laid out. My dad is now in his 80's and still misses his days serving as a member of Her Majesty's Royal Navy.

Joanne said...

excellent post and great poem. The USS Arizona memorial is humbling, that's for sure. I'm glad I visited your blog. Thanks

thesoundofonehandtyping said...

The USS Arizona Memorial was one of the highlights of my trip to Hawai'i. It left me speechless. I never served in the Navy, but an uncle served under Admiral Nimitz during WWII. He left a good job and the family to serve. My mom had a homemade record that the family made and sent to him while he was serving. It was interesting to hear Mom when she was ten; you don't think of your parents ever being that age.

Jaycee DeLorenzo said...

Thank you for sharing your poem and the experience with us.

Scribbles From Jenn said...

It was my pleasure.

Scribbles From Jenn said...

That is SO cool! I would love to hear my mom at that age. We don't even have any pictures of her as a child. Thanks for sharing.

Scribbles From Jenn said...

Hi Joanne,
I'm glad you came by too! I hope the challenge is treating you well.

Scribbles From Jenn said...

Thank you. My husband was in the U.S. Navy, and you are right everything is tiny. How wonderful to have been in Her Majesty's Royal Navy. I think I would miss those experiences too.

Loopyloo said...

Hi, thanks for stopping by my blog and following! I've followed you too, beautiful poem and post :)

Doreen McGettigan said...

Jenn that was a the most beautiful post and my most favorite of the challenge so far. The song made me teary.
I was a young Navy wife and took a shake down cruise { a test drive after repairs} from Philadelphia to Newport, RI. It was AMAZING to see all of those men work together and I will never forget how proud I felt. Of course I was also green with sea sick the entire time..which is a horrific way to feel:(

Cat Lavoie said...

Great post! Love the poem! It makes me want to visit if I'm ever in the area. Thanks for sharing!

Scribbles From Jenn said...

Welcome! Glad you like the poem and the post.

Scribbles From Jenn said...

Thank you for the wonderful compliment Doreen :"> The song tears me up too. I met my husband after his time in the Navy, but the men in the Armed Forces are AMAZING! Don't feel bad, I get pretty seasick too.

Scribbles From Jenn said...

Thank you. Glad you enjoyed it. The U.S.S. Arizona is worth the visit.

Elaine L. Bridge said...

Wow, what an interesting post. I've never had a chance to visit it, but feel sortof like I have now that I read your piece. I was especially touched by the part you mentioned about surviving crew members being united with their fellow crewmen on their death. Beautiful. Thanks for sharing. Now following! Visiting from A/Z - Blog on; finish strong!

Scribbles From Jenn said...

Welcome Elaine. Thank you for your kind comments. I am glad my post made you feel more connected to the memorial. Going there made history come alive for me and my family. We will always remember the U.S.S.Arizona.

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