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What does the USS Arizona Memorial commemorate?

This is a good question because the answer has changed over the years. The original idea was that the Arizona Memorial would commemorate the men who died on the USS Arizona. That seems fitting. The problem is that there were many other heroes of Pearl Harbor who died for their country.

The Arizona Memorial was the first monument to be constructed at Pearl Harbor. While it represented nearly half of those killed at Pearl Harbor, there were many others who did not have a memorial. Thus, over the years the Arizona Memorial has come to commemorate all of the military personnel who died at Pearl Harbor.

Today, there are monuments to the men of the USS Utah (the USS Utah Memorial), and the beautiful USS Oklahoma Memorial for the men lost on that ship. Both are located on Ford Island, but the USS Utah Memorial requires military ID to visit.

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