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Aloha! And the Grahams are back home after a lovely warm sunny two-week vacation in beautiful Waikiki... what a great trip! We had visited the Arizona Battleship Memorial in Pearl Harbor 15 years ago on our honeymoon and thought it was time to go back and take our 11 year-old daughter Charly this time.
For us it was a meaningful reminder and for her it was a swift, solemn and complete history lesson of WWII. The US military and Honolulu Parks Department present an incredible re-enactment of what happened on December 7, 1941 that includes a graphic IMAX video and museum rooms full of the most inter- esting pictures, artifacts and narratives. And finally you are escorted across the water to the Arizona Battleship that lies submerged in the harbor, just below the surface. As you walk overtop you are feet away from the water and can clearly see the tears of oil that trickle still from within her beaten steel and then turn and scroll the listed names of the 2400 who perished that day. It is a truly haunting, meaningful remembrance. It was an educational and emotionally inspiring afternoon for our daughter to learn first hand about the Second World War and the fight for freedom against Germany and Japan. When Pearl Harbor was bombed on that awful day, Britain’s PM Winston Churchill found comfort in that the US was now committed to go to war alongside them...he said, “The US is with us, up to their neck and to the death.” Rather than suffer defeat at the hands of the Japanese, the American spirit stirred in a profound way and the allies battled back. First Germany laid down arms and, in August 1942, the Japanese surrendered peacefully back in Pearl Harbor on board the deck of the restored “Mighty Mo”, the Battleship Missouri, thus ending WWII. It still gives me shivers to think of being there with my family just days ago...a somber highlight of our trip.
Anyway, here we are again...spiritually enriched, rested, nicely tanned and feeling blessed to be safely home to return to routine and school and work and lessons and activities...sincere thanks (mahalo) to our dear friends Suzie and Wayne, who took care of our house while we were away.
As I review my emails, the only community news I have to report to all of you is that next up is the Morrin Figure Skating Carnival that is happening at 2:00 p.m. on March 6 at the Morrin Arena Sportsplex. It is always a great Sunday afternoon ice show, so
- 17 make sure you try to get out to see it, not this weekend but next. And finally, congrats to one of my BFF’s and newlyweds Sharon and Darrell who recently “got Maui’d” ...so exciting! Cheers!
Torpedo at Arizona Memorial, Pearl Harbor