On May 9 every year, Russia celebrates its victory against the Nazis and Germany in World War II. The army parades down main streets in ever city. There are marching bands, tanks, and patriotism on display. People line-up on the curbs and cheering as the different groups march by. It’s a lot like America’s Fourth of July celebrations. However, there is one difference. After the parade is over, another parade starts: The March of the Immortal Army.Continue reading March of the Immortal Army: Russian Victory Day, May 9
The USS Missouri fought in World War II and was the sight where the Allies accepted the Japanese surrender. It was recommissioned and has a role in Korea and the Gulf War. Now it sits watching over its fallen comrade, the USS Arizona, in Pearl Harbor. The cost of the visit to the USS Missouri is included with the Go Oahu Card. Read more about Pearl Harbor and see photos from the USS Arizona Memorial. Also check out the photos from the USS Bowfin Submarine and its related museum. For more on Oahu, check out this list of links.
The use of the submarine during World War II was essential to the outcome. The museum looks at the history of the submarine corps. It’s one of the attractions included on the Go Oahu Card. Read more about Pearl Harbor. Read more about the USS Bowfin. Read more about the Visitors’ Center and the USS Arizona. Check out these links to other things on Oahu.
The USS Bowfin Submarine and its museum feature an entrance fee for visiting them. If you have the Go Oahu card, the fee is included as long as it has been activated for the day. The people at the USS Bowfin will take your photo and put it in an old newspaper. If you purchase this souvenir, you’ll also get a free cultured pearl from the nearby pearl jewelry purveyor. The salesperson will ask you choose an oyster, open it in front of you and tell you what kind of pearl you found. We got a black pearl. Click for more on Pearl Harbor. Click for photos of the USS Arizona Memorial, and click for links to more content about Oahu.
The USS Arizona was sunk during the attack on Pearl Harbor. The Navy was unable to raise it and unable to recover many of the sailors that were on board when the ship went down. The consecrated it and left it as a place of remembrance where those who served aboard the ship could be commemorated. It is still leaking fuel, which can be smelled at the water’s surface. The visitors’ center, movie and tour of the Arizona are free. Read more about Pearl Harbor. For more on Oahu, click here.