National Park Service Was Heavily Criticized for Closing the Memorial for 18 Months
The most extended closure of the USS Arizona Memorial ran from May 26, 2018, to Sept 1, 2019, about a year and one half. The National Park Service discovered a crack in the entry ramp connecting the dock to the Memorial. It was determined that this was a major structural issue in which the dock was slowly pulling away from the Memorial. For safety reasons, it was determined that all tours needed to be suspended indefinitely until studies, recommendations, and budgets could be secured.
After a year of no tours to the Arizona Memorial, the National Park Service started getting terrible publicity from newspapers, the travel Industry, Veteran associations, and the public for not getting started on the repairs.
How could the world’s strongest and most prosperous nation not be able to fix a small floating dock to one of our nation’s most sacred national treasures? In defense, The National Park Service explained to the public that they wanted to be sure that they followed all the environmental impact studies and that none of the new anchors for the floating dock would hit any unexploded Japanese torpedoes buried in the mud from the Dec 7th attack. Nevertheless, this extended closure gave the National Park Service a black- eye for their lack of urgency in fixing the dock. All they had to do, was ask the US Navy for help.