Over the course of the last 70 years or so, the intent of the USS Arizona Memorial has shifted slightly. When the memorial was first constructed, it honored the over 1,000 servicemen who lost their lives aboard the vessel.
But the heroes who perished aboard the USS Arizona only represented half of those killed at Pearl Harbor. There were so many other lives to remember, that the USS Arizona Memorial came to symbolize all who died serving our country in Pearl Harbor.
As time passed, the memorials at the USS Utah and the USS Oklahoma were constructed. To visit them, you must have military ID because they are located on Ford Island.