Something is wrong with this picture. Boatloads of visitors viewing warships decorated for Christmas. How militarized are we?
Friday, December 18, 2009
Free Pearl Harbor boat tours offered
The U.S. Navy and National Park Service said they will be offering free evening boat tours of Pearl Harbor that are open to the public tonight through Sunday.
The tours will leave from and return to the USS Arizona Memorial Visitor Center on a first-come, first-served basis from 6 p.m. through 8:15 p.m.
The 30-minute tours will feature Christmas music and the boats will pass through the harbor where the ships are decorated for the Christmas season. People will get to see warships and submarines up close while aboard a 150-passenger tour boat.
Tickets and parking are available starting at 5:15 p.m. at the USS Arizona Memorial Visitor Center, which is located off of Kamehameha Highway near Richardson Field and Aloha Stadium.
Due to security measures, handbags, purses, packs and other items that can conceal weapons are not allowed in the visitor center or aboard the tour boats. Do not leave valuables in your car.
Wearing a light jacket or sweater is also recommended.
The tours are a joint community service endeavor with the U.S. Navy, National Park Service and volunteer support from the Pearl City Lions Club.
More information at www.nps.gov/valr/parknews/holiday-lights-tours-2009.htm.