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Aloha! (Part 2)

We're actually in Colorado right now, which explains why I haven't written/read in a bit.  There's already quite a bit to write about our trip so far, but I realize I need to continue the previous post.  (Now if I didn't call it Part 1, it wouldn't be such a need). 

Anyhow, the day after the round-island drive was scheduled for the Arizona Memorial and a helicopter ride.  Audrey was with her grandmother, so it was just the hubby, Aunt Tori, Carol, and myself.  It was pretty busy at the memorial that day, which meant we had a bit of a wait before we could take the ferry over to the memorial itself.  Since parts of the park was under construction and folks didn't really feel like paying for a tour of the submarine or the USS Missouri, we spent some time looking through the memorial's collections.  There was everything from models of the ships on the harbor, to their flags, to posters from the era.  There were photographs of sailors, uniforms, and medals from both the American and Japanese sides. 

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We were there for quite a while, just enough time to make it to the makeshift theater where we watched the video about December 7th.  Although it wasn't my first time watching the video, it still gave me goosebumps.  The best part for me, though, was seeing a rather large gentleman wiping tears from his eyes when everyone else was walking away at the end of the film. 

From there, we headed to the dock to catch the ferry.  It was a nice little ride over.  The weather was perfect that day.  Despite the early morning rain, the sun came out, and there was a nice breeze blowing.  The ride didn't take but just a couple of minutes. 

 
approaching the Arizona Memorial from the ferry
The approach to the memorial

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The flag as seen from inside the memorial

Arizona Memorial
The names of the shipmen lost with the USS Arizona

The one disappointing change from our last visit to the memorial:  there were kids running around, and way too much noise.  On previous visits, everyone was reminded that this place is basically a tomb and to treat it with respect.  This time around, there was not as much  sense of solemnity. =( Even so, it was still nice to be able to take family to the site.

As for the helicopter ride, we ended up not going.  After looking at our crazy upcoming schedule (wedding rehearsals, wedding, work, and packing for our own trip)  we realized that we weren't going to have any time to ourselves before leaving Hawaii.  So we begged off for the afternoon and spent some alone time together.  Carol and Aunt Tori ended up going to the Polynesian Cultural Center for the rest of the day and attended their first luau. 

The next couple of days for me was spent at work.  Meanwhile, Chris and Audrey spent those days picking up family, including the bride and groom, from the airport and taking them all to a luau at Paradise Cove.  Everyone had a great time and it gave Audrey a chance to bond with her older cousins.  She was a hit (of course). 

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