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… the USS Abraham Lincoln, which was in port the weekend I visited to take these photos.
The National Park Service interprets the sites of countless battles, fought long ago, by incarnations of our military we wouldn’t recognize. Revolutionary War sites. Civil War sites. One thing that makes the story of the USS Arizona so compelling is that the total physical context of Dec. 7 remains largely intact. The Park Service is interpreting the story of an attack on a US Navy base that still functions as such.
When you’re standing here, looking at the Arizona Memorial and there’s an active aircraft carrier docked to your left, sailors in uniform on the piers, modern submarines cruising by—the you are there sensation can be very powerful.