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 and Balao-class submarine USS Lionfish, as well as the Massachusetts (which was launched just before Pearl Harbor) , The museum also owns some cool helicopters, like a Vietnam-era Huey Iroquois and an AH-1 Cobra. (Its also owns a rare East German Soviet-built missile corvette called the Hiddensee, but it’s closed for renovations.) Admission to the Museum (which includes all ships) is $20 adults, $18 seniors, $10 children 4-12. US Active military in uniform are free with ID.
By the way, if you’re looking for an idea the kids will adore when the weather gets nicer, ask about the Nautical Nights Overnight Camping program. Battleship Cove pioneered the idea, with kids coming on board to bunk, with dinner and breakfast included. It’s mostly for Scouts and school groups, but some nights welcome families. Call 508 678 1100 extension 102.