Tears of the Arizona

WPC – Humanity

Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed. This world in arms is not spending money alone. It is spending the sweat of its laborers, the genius of its scientists, the hopes of its children. This is not a way of life at all in any true sense. Under the clouds of war, it is humanity hanging on a cross of iron.”

― Dwight D. Eisenhower

No one leaves the USS Arizona Memorial in Pearl Harbour, Hawaii without feeling the loss – of lives cut short in an instant …. And looking down into the quiet green depths to the rusting remains of the battleship there is time to reflect on the meaning of war and sacrifice. The remains of 1,102 sailors and marines lie below these waters, and each year on request, divers interr the ashes of remaining crew members into the heart of the ship.
Oil leaking from the sunken battleship can still be seen rising from the wreckage to the surface of the water. This oil is sometimes referred to as “The tears of the Arizona”.

4 thoughts on “Tears of the Arizona

    1. Thanks Alex … It must be a wonderful thing for relatives to visit when divers inter into the ship. They are alone without the crowds and have time to contemplate – there is a genuine feeling of “resting at peace” in that place


  1. A fitting entry for the challenge. I’ve been to Oahu many times, and have as yet been able to make myself go to see the Arizona. Just too sad, and a testament of man’s inhumanity to man.


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