Sunday, May 22, 2011

National Cemetery of the Pacific, Part 2.

Once I arrived in the monument, I took pictures of most of the plaques on the walls, explaining the chain of events that occurred with the bombing of Pearl Harbor and it's aftermath, and the Battle of the Pacific. This blog is mostly going to contain photographs of what I saw at Punchbowl. I'm afraid I really can't explain what I witnessed accurately into words.

After viewing the maps, I went inside the chapel.

Finally, I viewed the cemetery. I shockingly noticed the beauty of the area. The same people I saw in the monument earlier were now down here as well. I took in as much information as I could. Every man of service had a different story to tell. Here were just a handful:

I'm unsure what the significance of the candy is. If anyone knows, let me know. I've tried looking it up with no luck.

I know there are people who will shy away from Punchbowl and Pearl Harbor, afraid that it might be too somber. (In fact, I overheard another traveler saying these words) Is it somber?  Yes. However, both landmarks also rich with history. Without getting political, and regardless on where your politics lie, this is a history that needs to be discussed with all generations, especially younger people and children. We need to always remember the selfless acts that our men and women of service have done for us, then and now. They have made the sacrifice of being away from their families and friends for months (sometimes years) at a time and traveled dangerous terrain. They wake up in the morning not knowing where they'll be at night, or if they'll see another night at all. They do this for our freedom, so we are able to learn and grow, and obtain whatever our hearts desire. I don't believe our soldiers expect our thanks, but they do deserve it, and I don't believe they are thanked enough. If anyone of service is reading this, thank you. Thank you for all you have done for us. If you are still serving, much love to you. May you return home safely. If you are home, safe and sound, your tour of duty will not (and should never) be forgotten. Be well.


  1. Oh Katie that was very well written. I agree.

  2. That's a really good point. I actually avoided Pearl Harbor for the very reason you wrote but I regret it now. If I go back, I'll make a visit.