Title: USS Arizona
Memorial, Santa Theresa Tile Works (2002)
Location: UofA Campus, north of the new Student Center.
Details: Raised tile flowers, replica dog tags of the crew members.
On December 7, 1941, 1177 (of 1411) crewmen lost their lives on the USS
when it sank in under nine minutes during the attack on
When you visit this small memorial, think about the grieving families
of those men, think about the sacrifices made at Pearl Harbor and those
in the ensuing years. Those sacrifices that left tens of thousands,
nay, hundreds of thousands, of families grieving over losses worldwide.
Do this and the memorial will have served its purpose.
This piece isn't merely public art; as my partner states so eloquently,
it's a reminder of sacrifice and grief, individual and collective,
national and international in scope. The the replica dog tags are
particularly poignant, small chronicles of lives lost but never
forgotten. As World War II fades into history with the passing of its
veterans, it is up to those of us still here to make sure that there
will always be a remembrance of those who lived and died on that day in
December of 1941.
Copyright © 2004 S. Halversen. All rights