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The U.S.S. Arizona Memorial



The U.S.S. Arizona Memorial

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     challenging words:    inscription, remembrance, tragedy, sunken, aboard, mast, planes, caption, nation, site, ship, attack, during, action, died, million
     content words:    Arizona Memorial, Gallant Men Here Entombed, United States, Pearl Harbor


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The U.S.S. Arizona Memorial
By Erin Horner
  

1     Caption: Inside the Arizona Memorial. The inscription reads: "To the Memory of the Gallant Men Here Entombed and their shipmates who gave their lives in action on December 7, 1941, on the U.S.S. Arizona"
 
2     On December 7, 1941, Japan attacked the United States at Pearl Harbor. Their two hour attack left more than two thousand people dead and destroyed many planes and battleships. One battleship, the U.S.S. Arizona, and its crew suffered terribly during the raid. Bombs dropped on the ship caused it to sink and killed 1,177 sailors. Seven decades after the great ship sank, oil continues to leak from her silent skeleton. In 1961, a memorial was built over the top of the sunken ship. Now, more than one million visitors each year come to read the names of those who were aboard the Arizona and lost their lives on that December day. Many choose to leave flowers or leis in remembrance of those who died. The U.S.S. .....
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