The USS Arizona and “a day that will live in infamy”

The USS Arizona Memorial at Pearl Harbor is “ground zero” where World War II began for the United States.  The event where Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto stated: “I fear all we have done is to awaken a sleeping giant…”   The USS Arizona serves as the final resting place for many of the battleship’s 1,177 crew members who lost their lives on December 7, 1941.

Visit the historic Arizona State Capitol for the exhibit, “Flagship of the Fleet: Life and Death of the USS Arizona.”   For most of us, the most common image of the Arizona is of the ship in flames at Pearl Harbor.  This exhibit tells the rest of the story, its focus is personal.  Using rare artifacts and photographs, it tells the story of the men.  The exhibit brings the history of the ship up to date with film footage documenting the research that has been conducted on the ship since the 1980s.

Posted on December 7, 2008, in Arizonans, Historic Preservation, History and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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