Thursday, February 19, 2009

Pearl Harbor

Today we visited Pearl Harbor. It was a pretty amazing place. We toured the Bowfin (submarine) and the famous Missouri. In retrospect, I'm sorry that we didn't pay our respects to the sunken Arizona as well.

Overall, a very enjoyable experience, most especially because the Kids were pretty engaged. I think they were fascinated by the submarine and the missouri was really a site to behold. The Wife's highlight of the day? Eating dinner next to Brody Jenner. But that's a story for another time.

The two things that interested me most about the day: I forgot that the Missouri is where the treaty was signed that ended World War 2. That was fascinating. The other thing that I found interesting was that after a kamikaze pilot attacked an American ship, the US Commander declared that the US should give the deceased pilot a proper at sea burial. I thought that was pretty amazing; even though the US and Japan were waging a fierce battle, they still demonstrated tremendous respect towards one another. Or at least, the US demonstrated respect. I hope that the same held true on the opposite side. I don't know why that struck me so hard but it did. It was definitely a very magnanimous gesture on the part of the US.

After that we went to visit my friend's Rob's house; alas, he and his family are stationed in Hong Kong for two years. Fn to see there house al the same though.

And beyond that, more of the sam: swimming, beach, swimming.

1 comment:

Brian said...

Signed on a Steelcase desk. Manufactured in good ol' Grand Rapids, Michigan. Huzzah!