The Arizona lost 1,177 sailors and Marines who called the ship home. Due to large blaze and rapid speed of which the vessel sank, over 900 could not be reclaimed to their families and rest within the ship to this day. Honolulu architect Alfred Preis is responsible for designing the memorial that now rests on top of the sunken ship, though it does not touch the watery gravesite for nearly a thousand men. Built and completed in 1962, it not only serves as a memorial for those lost on the Arizona, but for all who lost their lives on one of the darkest days in American history.
Hearing of this treacherous act by the Japanese Empire, Americans sought revenge for those who lost their lives in the attack. President Franklin D. Roosevelt addressed the nation the following day and declared war on Japan, effectively catapulting the U.S. into World War II. Primarily fighting in the Pacific, the U.S. was able to not only defeat the Japanese, but aid its allies in achieving victory in the European theater as well.
There are very limited amounts of tickets given out daily, so guests must secure their spots early to travel out to the memorial. Guests will usually first watch a small documentary about the tragic day before taking a boat out to the spot over the ship. Once there, it is chilling and eerie for many to be near an area where carnage was rampant and so severe and so deliberate that it awakened the sleeping giant and brought the United States into the Second World War.