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Visiting the USS Arizona memorial

“Yes, my wife and I visited the Arizona,” wrote Ted Shepard. “It was like a sacred religious experience, knowing a few feet below were entombed hundreds of young American servicemen. Everyone spoke in reverent whispers, including the visiting Japanese.”

Clarene Haynie wrote, “The thing that disturbed me the most was that the Japanese visitors were loud, irreverent, and quite rude.”

Gary Polser wrote, “Visited many, many times. Gives me the chills.”

Marilyn Othmer wrote, “Most everyone was weeping or looking so very sad. We had feelings we'd never had visiting any other memorial anywhere.”

Alice Williams wrote, “It is very beautifully done. The experience was really reverent and inspiring.”

Meg McCoy wrote, “My husband and I went to the Arizona memorial some years ago. I remains one of the most emotional experiences of my life.”

Sue Kassa wrote, “Most chilling was leaning over the edge of the memorial, looking into the water to see the ship and seeing small oil spills still coming to the surface after all these years.”

“It was silent,” said Carol Lindburg. “No one said a word.”

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Features writer Paul Turner is a columnist for The Spokesman-Review in the Features department. He writes "The Slice" column, which appears six times a week and produces general features stories for the Today section.

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