Wednesday, bright and early or should I even say "dark and early" our 4 friends left for a tour of one of the other Islands while Jeff and I left for a very emotional, educational, information packed tour of Pearl Harbor,
The Arizona Memorial.
2 Chronicles 7: 14 If my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land.
This is very important scripture from God and as we toured the memorial and the museums, we could see that our USA, was a Christian nation and God has certainly Blessed America in it's short time as a nation.
I couldn't help but think of all the wicked ways our country today is turned our back on Gods Will and Word. Our nation needs to be ready and expect discipline and destruction as God has promised for those Nation who turn away from Him. Let us all pray for our country.
|In line to get into the Memorial. |
Those boys were so funny with that big palm bark or whatever it was.
|The Submarine to the right and the new big bridge going to Pearl Harbor.|
|The long list of all those who perished in the attack.|
|Notice the Memorial center of picture.|
First wave of bombing attacks was Dec 7th at 7:50 AM on a Sunday. The second wave below was at almost 9 AM on Dec 7th. It was about noon stateside when people heard the news. My mother tells me about when her mom, my Grandma Behm heard the news of the attack on the radio. She got big tears in her eyes, turned and told the children, "Now all the young boys will have to go to war and many will be killed and not make it home". She was so right. I have seen so many graves from WWII. Her oldest son, Ferdinand, did have to go fight. My father, Gregor Hanssen, who lived only miles from the Behm family was also drafted to fight for his country. They both were protected by Gods mighty arm and His Angels to fulfill his purpose in their lives.
|Jeff looking at the inside of a submarine.|
Above is a picture of a postcard that a Seaman
had already mailed home to his family,
|This big screen and the loud sound effects gave me goose bumps as they bombed our ships. Made it so realistic like you were right there. |
I can just imagine the fright of those many seamen on board.
These two photos are of a model of the Arizona and the layout under the white building memorial that was built over it as a constant memorial for all who died and a reminder that peace has prevailed in the United States of America but not without a cost.
|SURRENDER papers signed, The WWII is over.|
|The memorial! Everyone is so somber, quiet as they look at the sunken Arizona and know there are so many bodies still in the ship for their final resting place.|
|Notice the fish?|
There is still oil seeping from the ship and it leaves this swirly, colored oil on top the water in one area of the sunken ship.
This is part of the large wall of names of those who died at the attack on the Arizona.
Below you will also see a list of names and dates (lower left of the wall) these seamen were brought back years latter to be entombed with their shipmates.
|Notice all the flower leis laying under the railing as memorials for the|
seamen who gave their lives for our country.
|The white markers mark the spot of other ships that were hit and destroyed in the attack.|
|The boat or ferry that we used to get to the Memorial.|
This cool sign was by the museums. On the bus ride back to our Hotel, I took a few fun pictures of a barge, a fish market, and ships.