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USS Bowfin. Image: Hawai‘i Tourism Authority/Tor Johnson Named for the pearl oysters once harvested there, Pearl Harbor comprises five historic sites that commemorate the Japanese attack on December 7, 1941, which left 2,390 dead, hundreds wounded, and led to the United States’ entry into World War II. MAIN ATTRACTIONS The Pearl Harbor Visitor Center includes two free museums that tell the story of the attack and the war. The ticketed USS Arizona Memorial tour is also free, and includes a National Park Service movie about the historic event and the boat ride to the sunken battleship. The tour is approximately 75 minutes long and is open to all ages. TICKETS There are 1,300 free walk-in tickets available daily on a first-come, first-served basis at the Pearl Harbor Historic Sites counter in the courtyard of the visitor centre. It opens at 7am and it’s best to arrive early, or to buy tickets online before your trip. Bookings are available via the website two months in advance, or for next day tickets. Visit recreation.gov TOURS Several companies also offer organised tours of the site, including the services of a guide and transportation to and from the attraction. For a list of permitted transportation companies, see the National Park Service website. Visit nps.gov SPOTLIGHT ON PEARL HARBOR The Hawaiian Islands: O‘ahu 22 FAMILY HAWAI‘I WITH GUNS LIKE THESE, NO WONDER THERE’S A SURRENDER DECK. This is no ordinary ship, this is America’s most historic battleship. Home to 2700 Sailors, nine 66-foot-long guns, 1220 projectiles and a deck big enough to host a surrender ceremony presided by General Douglas MacArthur. CALL 1-877-MIGHTY MO USSMISSOURI.ORG The USS Missouri Memorial Association is a private 501(c) 3 non-profit organization.
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