Skip to comments.USS Arizona Memorial at Pearl Harbor closed indefinitely
Posted on 05/27/2018 7:35:51 AM PDT by US Navy Vet
HONOLULU Damage to the USS Arizona Memorial at Pearl Harbor in Honolulu was worse than expected and it will remain closed indefinitely, officials said.
Boat transportation to the attraction was suspended May 6 after one of the vessel operators noticed a crack on the outside of the memorial, Hawaii News Now reported .
Tourists were allowed to disembark at the memorial after crews completed interim repairs. But the cracks reappeared hours later, indicating a more serious issue.
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The Arizona may cease to exist as a physical artifact, but she will live in our hearts forever.
Build a new one. I’ve been there several times. It reminds me of the Civil War cemeteries and battlefields that I’ve also visited. Quiet and reverent. I took my Grand Parents and two of their friends there in 1979. Grandparents were respectful and their friends were loud and obnoxious. Grandparents and I talked about this and I never saw their friends again.
When I was in the Air Force in 2013 we visited Pearl Harbor. I love History and Pearl Harbor ranks at the very top. It was always my dream to visit and I never thought I would ever get the chance.
During my visit we visited the U.S.S. Missouri, as I was getting ready to board the boat to visit the Arizona memorial we got word the harbor master had closed tours due to "rough seas".
We left the next day. I was fine with never visited Pearl Harbor but I since I did manage to make it a reality I have go to back. I couldn't visit The Missouri and not go see the Arizona.
Now this news, I can't express how crestfallen I am.
Indefinitely doesn’t mean permanently, only that the interval can’t be defined at this point.
Indefinitely doesnt mean permanently, only that the interval cant be defined at this point.
Yes, it will eventually re-open.
The memorial is completely seperate from the USS Arizona. It does not touch the sunken vessel.
Periodically due natural wear, and deterioration by the elements structures, piers, etc. have to be completely replaced. It may be time conditions warrant a reconstruction project. It’s worth it.
I’ll always remember the quiet.
I was there in 1969. Also saw “Japanese” dive bombers overhead as they were also filming TORA TORA TORA at that time.
Looks to me like the politics on Oahu are more concerned about the HART than the memorial.
If its really that bad then get a barge, anchor it well, put up a sturdy canopy or just some modified connex containers if they really must save money, move the memorial over to the barge until the repairs are made.
But i doubt they will consider that at al, they could just set it up on the deck of the Missouri, but again they are whining about lost tourism from the eruptions on the Big Island.
The National Park Service runs it. The state of Hawaii had nothing to do with it.
I’ll always remember the whiff of Number 6 oil, tears of the Arizona, as we approached the memorial some years ago.
One of the Navy hands said that was a rumor that a dry dock would be built around the wreck and a cement sarcophigas built to contain the battleship and its contents.
She’s been under saltwater for 73 years.
While being moored near the Arizona memorial a fellow sailor visiting the memorial jumped in the bay and swam across to our ship.
The shore patrol was not amused.
Does the memorial itself float free or is it on pylons of some sort?
Me, too. I’m glad I got to visit it when I did. It was awe-inspiring, like Arlington Cemetery.
Is it possible that a quake from Kilauea (yes, I know, different island) caused this problem?
I’ve had several very different experiences there. First couple of times everyone was very quiet and respectful of this sacred place. Then disembarked with a boat load of Japanese youth. They couldn’t shut up. Terrible experience. Last time a USMC retired was a docent and demanded respect. He looked like he just had spent the morning as a drill instructor to some boots. Everything about him was perfect.
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