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USS Arizona Memorial Seeking Donations For Repairs

The USS Arizona Memorial recently celebrated it’s 50th anniversary this past Memorial Day. Since it’s dedication on Memorial Day in 1962 over 50 million visitors have paid their respects to the gallant sailors entombed in the Arizona resting solemn in Pearl Harbor.

    Just some of the more than 50 million people who have visited the USS Arizona Memorial.

Just some of the more than 50 million people who have visited the USS Arizona Memorial.

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With 100 million feet and 50 years of exposure to the elements, the USS Arizona Memorial is in need of repairs and restoration. An estimated $700,000 is needed for restoration plans, about $200,000 of which has already been raised. Festivities for the 50th anniversary celebrations were aimed at increasing the amount of money raised substantially.

As the standing reminder of the Japanese surprise attack of December 7, 1941, a date which will live in infamy, it is important to restore  the USS Arizona Memorial for future generations to come so that they may firsthand witness the tragedies of humanity and forge a brighter future based on learning from the past.

Current renovation plans include both immediate and long-term projects. Immediate plans set to begin in June include fabricating and replacing entrance skylights, replacing all handrails, replacing corroded and rusting light fixtures, and concrete irregularities due to elemental wear.

Immediate plans are not expected to significantly impact visitors.

The marble wall and terrazzo steps in need of replacement in the Shrine Room.

The marble wall and terrazzo steps in need of replacement in the Shrine Room.

Long-term projects include replacing the marble wall inscribed with the sailors names who rest within the ship and the terrazzo steps of the shrine room. Replacing the flagpole attached to the main mast of the Arizona, fresh paint all around, and replacing a few existing walls are also on the long-term list.

While they are accepting direct donations, another way you can support the project is to purchase a souvenir from the gift shop located at the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center. With everything from historic movies and documentaries to refrigerator magnets, the gift shop has something for you and all of your loved ones back home.

Scroll down to read more about the recent Memorial Day festivities celebrating the USS Arizona Memorial’s 50th anniversary.

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Bands For Arms: Handmade Pearl Harbor Commemoration Bracelets

To commemorate the 70th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor, a company called Bands For Arms is creating a series of handmade bracelets made from the uniforms of military service members. The Pearl Harbor Collection includes six bracelets and will be available on July 4th, 2011. The Pearl Harbor attacks took place on December 7, 1941.

In everything Bands For Arms does, their main mission is to support military non-profit organizations and continue to provide a link between service members and loved ones. They donate 50% of the sale price to organizations like USO Japan, the National World War II Museum, Project Lifting Spirits and the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation.

Proceeds from the Pearl Harbor Collection will go to The Arizona Memorial. Bands For Arms owner Nick Mendoza III and fellow Bands For Arms staff will present them in August 2011.

Bands For Arms’ goal is to bring awareness to our American military by bracelets made from actual service members’ and veterans’ uniforms.

Every band, necklace and artwork created by Bands For Arms includes an information card with background on who originally donated the uniform-turned-artful-accessory. Bands in the Pearl Harbor Collection include:

  • Arizona
  • Oahu
  • Utah
  • Oklahoma
  • Ford Island
  • Corpsman

Bands For Arms reuses donated uniforms to create wearable pieces of art. Their past collections include International, Signature, and much more. Individual bands are made throughout the year, viewable in their 2011 Collection album on Facebook.

 

Bands For Arms Arizona Bracelet

The Arizona Bracelet. Photo originally posted on the Bands For Arms Facebook page.

Owner Nick Mendoza III founded Bands For Arms in hopes of strengthening communication pathways between families and those serving in the military. Nick’s inspiration came when he lost a friend in 2009 and the friend’s mother wished they could have keep in touch more often.

“Nick wanted to make a difference in military members hearts by making a continuous effort to keep lines of communication open with their loved ones.”

For more information, check out the Bands For Arms Facebook page, or visit their official website, www.bandsforarms.com.

Rare Declaration of Independence Copy on Display at Pearl Harbor

A rare, authentic copy of the Declaration of Independence will be on display April 19 – 20, 7 am – 7 pm at the Pearl Harbor Visitor’s Center. The exhibit is open to all visitors. Admission is free.

Original Copy of Declaration of Independence

An original copy of the Declaration of Independence will be on display at the Pearl Harbor Visitor's Center

Hawaii is the 44th state to feature the cross-country Declaration of Independence Road Trip, a multimedia exhibit designed to inspire Americans of all ages throughout the country. A short film features powerful performances by distinguished Hollywood actors, including Mel Gibson, Morgan Freeman and Rene Zellweger.

In 1941, following the attack on Pearl Harbor, US government officials ordered the original Declaration of Independence to be moved to a vault in Fort Knox. Along with the original US Constitution, the historic artifact remained secured throughout World War II.

On July 4, 1776, Philadelphia printer John Dunlap printed a few hundred copies of the Declaration. Two centuries later, only 24 copies were left in existence. That is, until a man discovered the 25th copy inside a painting at a flea market in 1989.

Facts about the Pearl Harbor Visitor’s Center:

  • the new center reopened on the 69th anniversary of the Pearl Harbor attacks
  • Tickets to the Arizona Memorial are available on a first-come, first-serve basis
  • The Declaration exhibit runs April 19-20, 7am – 7pm

Pearl Harbor Oahu offers a variety of tour options to Pearl Harbor.

Restoration of Ford Island Radio Tower Will Start This Week

Ford Island Control Tower

 

The Pacific Aviation Museum has announced the restoration of the Ford Island Radio Tower in Pearl Harbor will officially begin this week. Stabilization begins Friday, February 25th for the long awaited renovations. “The Tower stood guard over Ford Island on the day of the Imperial Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, December 7, 1941, so its historical significance is immense,” said Pacific Aviation Museum director Kenneth DeHoff. The project will restore the steel stairs, landings, ladders, beams, and other areas experiencing severe corrosion. Painted red and white, the tower skylines the horizon as a landmark of  Pearl Harbor. The department of defense has granted 3.8 million for the project to take place to preserve this historical monument.

 

 

 

Ford Island Radio Tower

The Radio Control Tower is located on Ford Island, a military island base situated in the middle of Pearl Harbor. Once only accessed by ferry, today there is the Ford Island Bridge that connects to the island. The historic facility played a vital role during the attack on Pearl Harbor where a radio broadcast was put out warning everyone of the Japanese attacks. During the attack, 33 of the 70 aircraft on the ground at Ford Island were destroyed and the red and white striped tower stood strong. Today it is a part of the Pacific Aviation Museum that is housed next to the tower in a WWII hangar. Inside the museum you can witness the history of aviation and some of the original air crafts used in WWII. The museum and tower is one of the highlights on our Day at Pearl Harbor Tours. You’ll also see on tour the Arizona Memorial, Battleship Missouri, and the Bow fin Submarine to get a full day experience at Pearl Harbor.

Insider Tip: Ford Island is not open to the public to drive onto. Discover Hawaii Tours has access to shuttle you onto the historic island and take you on a guided tour to the museum and radio control tower.

The Man Who Told the World of the Pearl Harbor Attack

Ed Chlapowski

Ed Chlapowski, a Pearl Harbor survivor, died in his home last week on January 16th at the age of 88. Whats unique about Mr. Chlapowski is he was one of the soldiers to first notify the world of the attack. Through morse code, he radioed the Pacific Fleet of the Japanese bombers. Along with every soldier of the war and during the attack, Mr. Chlapowski is a WWII hero.

Ed Chlapowski may have not been able to live to tell or notify the world of the attack if he wasn’t transferred from the USS Arizona. He had been a sailor aboard the historic boat, then stationed over to Admiral Husband Kimmel at the submarine base as a radioman. Then on the morning of December 7th, 1941, he was sitting eating breakfast when he looked out the window and saw the roof of a hangar blown away from a Japanese airplane attack. Knowing the radio crew was short of people on Sundays, he ran into the radio room and put in morse code “Pearl Harbor is under attack, this is not a drill.” He survived the attacks and went on to live a wonderful life, had a happy marriage of 68 years and is survived by his 7 children and 10 grandchildren. The funeral celebrated his heroic part in WWII and all the great accomplishments made throughout his life. One thing Mr. Chlapowski would’ve wanted is for everyone to never forget Pearl Harbor.

Pearl Harbor Attack

To see the site of the attacks at Pearl Harbor, the musuems and memorials dedicated to those who fought, and board the USS Arizona Memorial, join Peal Harbor Oahu on one of our terriffic Pearl Harbor Tours.