Saturday, July 14, 2012

Pearl Harbor

Something to think about...

Sunday in Hawaii.... We decided to go early to the Pearl Harbor Memorial (World War II Valor in the Pacific). Call me slow, or whatever, but all I really knew about Pearl Harbor was that Japan attacked us and so we joined the war. I had decided I should educate myself a little more before going to Hawaii. I had never seen the movie "Pearl Harbor" because it was long and I heard it was corny, so.... Ok y'all- I loved that movie. I couldn't care less about the love story, but getting a visual of how the attack on Pearl Harbor took place just stopped my heart. Those poor boys were barely older than my Tristan. And the attack was just so... sneaky and dirty and wrong. I had no idea. In my head, Japan dropped a bomb, people died, but it was quick. I was so wrong. I read more about it and watched a couple documentaries, all before going to visit the memorial. But even all my "education" could not prepare me for the feelings that overcame me that day. I cried almost the entire time we were on the USS Arizona Memorial. I had to keep my sunglasses on so I didn't look like a dork. The knowledge that over 1,100 men were below me, entombed in the sunken ship broke my heart. The reverence and respect given by all who visited was awesome and touching as well. Pearl Harbor was definitely one of my favorite places we visited. There was also a beautiful rainbow that day across the harbor. It was the most complete rainbow I had ever seen...

We took a lot of pictures. I made this video with some of them. I cried while I made it. I cry when I watch it. I am crying writing this post. If you are ever in Oahu DO NOT skip visiting Pearl Harbor. Seiuli has been to Hawaii I don't know how many times, and he had never visited. He said "It never even entered my mind."  He was so thankful it was on MY list because it was a beautiful, touching place to visit. We didn't get to go to church that Sunday, but visiting Pearl Harbor was definitely a spiritual experience.