My Trip to Pearl Harbor

A couple of weeks ago, I had the pleasure of spending several days and nights in Hawaii on vacation.  I spent a lot of time on the beach, did some scuba diving, took a helicopter tour, and even accidentally ended up on the set of Live with Kelly.

But the best part of the whole trip was the day that I spent at Pearl Harbor.  What an emotional place!  I was literally standing on the gravesite of over one thousand young servicemen.

I visited the USS Arizona Memorial, the Battleship Missouri Memorial, and the Pearl Harbor Visitor’s Center and the Pacific Aviation Museum.

While I was there, I was fortunate enough to share a very special moment with over 5000 sailors as they returned from a 7-month deployment to Afghanistan.  The USS John C. Stennis docked at Pearl Harbor on February 17th for a short visit before eventually returning to their home port in Washington.

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For more information on the USS John C. Stennis, visit their Facebook page.

If you know me, you know I’m always stumbling my way into places where I’m not really supposed to be (like with the Live with Kelly show).

So at the end of my tour Pearl Harbor tour, I stumbled into a ceremony honoring a young soldier named Jonathan Brostrom who was killed in the line of duty in Afghanistan.  During this highly emotional ceremony, a portrait of 1st Lt. Brostrom was unveiled.  It was quite amazing.  Click here to read the full story.

I felt truly lucky and honored to be able to participate in these two special events in one day – on top of the great sense of pride I felt during my visits to the Pearl Harbor memorials.

Click here to check out this USS Arizona Memorial photo gallery.

 

 

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