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Published: July 19th 2006
Today was a very sobering experience as I visited the USS Arizona memorial in Pearl Habour it struck me as a little surreal but something about the place seemed very detached from what happened there, I can't actually put my finger on it maybe it was because I was British but when I think of the Killing Fields in Cambodia and the vivid reality of that I feel like there is some emotional connection missing in this memorial site. I must admit it felt strange and of course the names on the memorial are astonishing to look at as so many people perished on one vessel in such a quick period of time.
The actual memorial site is a really peaceful place and thnakfully most people can observe the rules about being quiet whilst on this area above the ship. The video which we watched beforehand could be longer and speak to people that had actually been involved or where around on that tragic day so that for some people a bit more emotional history is given to the whole area.
It was a experience that will stay with me for a long time no doubt and certain things
The Stars and Stripes
Flying above the memorial
that the ranger introduced us to gave me some of the things I wanted, They say for example that the oil which still leaks from the ship is called the Black Tears and until all the comrades from Pearl Harbour perish then the ship and the comrades lost there will continue to weep the Black Tears. All in all a great experience and the park is free which is comendable as I know I would certainly pay to enter this historic site.
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