Over 2,000 Americans have died in Pearl Harbor and it is yet another day of infamy.
While there are many places to commemorate these brave men and women in Hawaii, you can also honor them with many places to visit in the United States. Here are a few to consider.
WWII Memorial, Washington DC
Located on the National Mall in Washington, DC, the WWII Memorial was designed by Austrian-American architect Friedrich St. Florian. It opened in 2004. The memorial consists of 56 pillars representing the US states and territories and a pair of triumphal arches for the Atlantic and Pacific theaters. It surrounds an oval plaza and a fountain. It includes the Freedom Wall with 4,048 gold stars, each representing 100 Americans who died in war.
Wesley Bolin Memorial Plaza in Phoenix, Arizona.
Two giant naval guns loom over the plaza, one from the USS Arizona and the other from the USS Missouri. The Arizona cannon was also used on the USS Nevada, which survived the bombing of Pearl Harbor. Missouri hosted the Japanese surrender ceremony at the end of the war.
USS Kidd and Louisiana Veterans Memorial, Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
While the Kidd, the destroyer on the banks of the Mississippi, was not at Pearl Harbor, the New Orleans destroyer was, and the Kidd Memorial contains the ship’s bell and builder’s model as well as memorabilia from the ceremony. launch. The song “Praise the Lord and Pass the Ammunition” was inspired by New Orleans Chaplain Howell M. Forgy during the attack on Pearl Harbor.
USS Ward Gun, St. Paul, Minn.
The USS Ward’s 50 caliber, four-inch No. 3 cannon is on the grounds of the Minnesota State Capitol. The Ward fired the first American shots of WWII, sinking a Japanese dwarf submarine off Oahu just before the planes were sighted at Pearl Harbor.
USS Hoga, Arkansas Inland Maritime Museum, Little Rock, Ark.
The Hoga is a Woban class harbor tug. At Pearl Harbor, the 100-foot tug rescued sailors from the water, fought fires, and put ships out of harm’s way. The small tug spent 72 straight hours fighting the fires and also secured the sinking of the USS Nevada, preventing the vessel from blocking the channel. The tug is now on display at the Little Rock Museum.
Texas Panhandle War Memorial, Amarillo, Texas
The museum houses an 800-pound exhibit from the side and deck of the USS Arizona as well as many other significant WWII artifacts.