I love history, and every time I travel to somewhere new I want to learn a bit about the place. A few years ago I was in Maui, Hawaii for a conference. After a few days of work, I spent a week playing tourist with my sister. I knew that if I was that close to Pearl Harbor, we were definitely going to be visiting.
What an amazing tour it was! As a couple of girls from the Ozarks of Missouri, one of the highlights was visiting the USS Missouri Battleship Memorial. I've known of that battleship since I was a little girl. Walking up and down the deck I thought of all the history that ship had seen: from World War II to the Persian Gulf. I walked inside, outside, up and down, all over. My sister loves me but eventually found a bench and a beverage while I looked over every nook and cranny (and there were many), soaking up the experience.
What that memorial means to our nation, to the families of those soldiers and our U.S. history has never been lost on me, as my birthday is December 7th, Pearl Harbor Day. Seeing something that has been around since my grandparents days and was such an important part of our national history was a bucket list event for me and was such an honor. Experiencing it with my sister was the highlight of our entire trip.
I would love to go back sometime and do some more exploring. With the current state of things, I don't know when that might happen.
But you can TAKE A VIRTUAL TOUR OF THE USS MISSOURI on their website by CLICKING HERE.
Or for more information on the PEARL HARBOR MEMORIAL, CLICK HERE.
This is a great way to expand the minds of all those youngsters you have at home now or over the holidays!
As always, stay safe, stay healthy, and stay the course.