Thursday, August 13, 2009

USS Alabama

Sunday after church we went and toured the USS Alabama. I had almost decided not to go because I didn't think my back could take walking around for that long. God was good I had no pain the whole time I was up and moving around. The boys enjoyed themselves. Of course we didn't get to read all the information on the walls because the boys were always ready to go to the next part but it was just interesting to see how everything was set up.The boys thought this was really cool. You could ring it and it was really really loud. The mess hall

The brigSleeping quarters. They even have lockins on the ship for groups.

That is one big chain.

We walked up and down staircases the whole time. Tim and Pops took turns carrying Ti. To bad we didn't bring our backpack for him. It would have made it a lot easier.

Andrew is pretending to shoot one of the guns. This is the Submarine that we toured also.

This is one of my favorite picture that we took.

At the end of the tour we got to talk to a veteran who had been serving for about 29 years. He had all kinds of metals. He gave us the short version of what most of them were for. I really wanted the boys to realize what kind of price people had to pay for our freedom. Four years of this man's life he spent as a prisoner of war in a Japanese work camp. I can't even imagine what he had to endure. We shook his hand and said thanks.

The boys fed the seagull cheese puffs out of their hands before we left. They thought this was the coolest. You could even throw them up in the air and they would catch them.

I am glad I decided to go and probably my favorite part was talking to the veteran at the end of our tour.


Anonymous said...

We took the kids through there too about 3 years ago! I think we all enjoyed it. We didn't do an official tour though. It would have been cool to hear the veteran tell his story.

Cassie said... said...

I went there when I was like 16 or something.