Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Pearl Harbor Day

Today is the 69th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor.

There was a grand opening ceremony of the new $56 million Pearl Harbor Visitor Center and museum.

There were a number of survivors on hand to commemorate the occasion. I didn't want to be snapping pictures of them, it seemed rude. We did meet and speak with Survivor Edward F. Borucki, age 90 who was on the USS Helena when it was hit. Thirty-three of his ship mates died in the attack.

The museum is truely haunting.

There are so many amazing artifacts and photographs inside.

It all feels very solemn and sacred. So many lives were lost that day.

People's personal stories of that day are on included along with the displays, giving everything a more personal feel. It's a very emotion filled museum.

The attack on Pearl Harbor is not just something you read about in a history book once you've been there. It's real now in a way it never was before.

Knowing these were the artifacts of a devastating attack which cost so many lives can really affect you. Katie had to leave the building which has the scenes of the actual attack and aftermath. It was too intense for her.

Although we did not go out to the Arizona Memorial today, we have been out to it before. This is a model found in the museum which shows the scale of the Arizona, compared to the memorial which stands over it.

Truly a day that lives in infamy.

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