We are so thankful for our military volunteers who fly flags on the USS Arizona Memorial on major holidays. Continue reading Thank You NIOC Hawaii!
We were happy to share Pearl Harbor in virtual reality with a group of children, ages 11-12, during a recent Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) field trip at World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument. Continue reading Sharing Pearl Harbor in Virtual Reality
Five historic homes remain on Belleau Wood Loop, Ford Island, remnants of the the historic CPO neighborhood built nearly 100 years ago. The bungalows, built in the 1920s and 1930s by the Navy, are located along the shoreline of historic Battleship Row, near where the USS Arizona and USS West Virginia were moored on Dec. 7, 1941. Continue reading The Historic Chief Petty Officer Bungalows
The full story of the Pacific War cannot be told solely by the sites of VALR. The story must also be told with tangible artifacts, such as diaries, memorabilia, personal effects, photographs, letters and books. These items help tell the human side of war. Continue reading Donations of Artifacts Preserve Our Legacy
As preparations were being made for the Celebration of Life of Herb Weatherwax, there was a light sprinkling of rain, a light mist of liquid sunshine, which we all knew was our beloved Uncle Herb showering us with his blessings. Continue reading Pearl Harbor Gram: Celebrating the Life of a Pearl Harbor Survivor
For more than a decade, Aliamanu Elementary School’s student council has raised funds to help restore the Arizona Memorial and the visitor center. Continue reading Thank You, Aliamanu!
I got to volunteer at the donation desk at the visitor center over several days and met very dedicated volunteers. Continue reading Snowbird Volunteer
The work at the visitor center not only fulfills all of my dreams but I find it fascinating to be able to meet and talk with people from every corner of the world. Continue reading Weekend Ambassador
We couldn’t do it without our volunteers. Continue reading Mahalo!
When I first came to the USS Arizona Memorial in the late summer of 1984, I was surprised to see a handful of Pearl Harbor Survivors volunteering at the visitor center. Their interaction with the visitors and the staff was simply amazing. Their presence validated the historic site as living eyewitnesses to the “Day of Infamy.” Continue reading Remembering Those Who Remembered: The Pearl Harbor Survivor Volunteers at the USS Arizona Memorial
At the urging of my eldest son, I visited the Arizona Memorial at Pearl Harbor in the spring of 2001. It had been a very long time since I was last there – and under very different circumstances. Of course, I had mixed emotions. But feeling the solemnity of the site and the reverence visitors gave it, I became more at ease. And after meeting other Pearl Harbor Survivors that day who volunteered there, I decided I would join them – as my son said, it was my duty. Continue reading Pearl Harbor Gram: The Joy of Volunteering
In this historic photo, dated July 1941, Walter H. Dillingham donates blood at the newly established Honolulu Blood Plasma Bank, located on the grounds of The Queen’s Hospital. Continue reading One Drop at a Time
To the memory of the gallant men who gave their lives in action on Dec. 7, 1941 Continue reading In Memoriam
When I first learned from Superintendent Jacqueline Ashwell that I would be aboard the admiral’s barge that would take President Obama and Japanese Prime Minister Abe to the site of the USS Arizona’s wreckage and its Memorial … naturally I was thrilled. But at the same time, I understood that I would be a witness to a moment in history that would be remembered in both nations’ memory and that of the world. Continue reading Being There: The Obama-Abe Visit to the USS Arizona Memorial