Pearl Harbor Day at Battleship Cove
If you want to pay tribute to the sailors who lost their lives in the attack on Pearl Harbor that launched the US into WWII, where better than at Battleship Cove, the world’s largest collection of US naval ships?
The actual ceremony is a short but moving experience, held in the Memorial Room aboard the USS Massachusetts, a WWII battleship and the crown jewel of the Battleship Cove collection. There will be a moment of silence at 12:55, the minute of the start of the Japanese strike that sank 18 American ships and killed 2400 servicemen, prompting the entry of the US into WWII in 1941. Admission is free, but seating is limited.
Before or after the ceremony, assuming you’re in a WWII frame of mind, you’ll want to spend a few hours on and around the Battleship Cove ships, which include the destroyer Joseph P. Kennedy, Balao-class submarine USS Lionfish, and even an East German Soviet-built missile corvette, in addition to the Massachusetts . If you’re interested in a sailor’s life during WWII, there’s an excellent self-guided tour. Admission to the Museum (which includes all ships) is $25 adults, $23 seniors, $15 children 4-12. US Active military in uniform are free with ID.
By the way, if you want to celebrate happier times, WWII style, you might want to check out Battleship Cove’s Navy Christmas, coming up on December 15. It’s a night of good food and entertainment, with a three course 1943 menu, tours and entertainment. Tickets are $50 adults; $35 children.