To the greatest generation. Thank you! Sure Hawaii offers an unbelievable trip for many things. Sun, sand, waterfalls, volcanoes and a landscape that truly is second to none. But any trip to Oahu would be wasted without a visit to the sacred waters of Pearl Harbor. We all know the story, maybe seen the movie and at the very least read about it in our school books growing up. But if there’s one thing I’ve learned from our travels is that being there is much different from reading about it or seeing pictures. This past year we had the opportunity to visit Pearl Harbor. It’s still a working Naval base so it’s a strange combination of being on hallowed ground and seeing our armed services at work all in one trip. But make no mistake, the minute you walk onto the USS Arizona, you feel the gravity of the event. This is not just a ship that you are standing over but the grave of over 1,100 sailors who lost their life in the blink of an eye. It’s important to know that these men died fighting for our freedom and their loss of life led to a war that was more than just right and wrong, but a battle of good and evil. The oil sheen on the surface that still leaks from the hull to this day reminds us that it wasn’t all that long ago. The surviving sailors call the sheen that still drifts from the site “tears” from those that rest below. Many believe that when the last survivor of the Arizona passes, the sheen will stop. Whether that’s true or not remains to be seen, but what we do know is this. December 7, 1941 will never be forgotten and it should always put into perspective of why we are afforded the luxuries we have in life, and yes, that includes life itself. Thanks to those who put their lives on the line for our own.
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