The “Valor in the Pacific” is a monument that actually stands over the USS Arizona which was sunk by the Japanese during Pearl Harbor December 7th 1941. The Valor in the Pacific is a 184 foot long memorial structure that has three main sections. The structures main purpose is to host tourists, close to 2 million a year, and hold ceremonies. The architect stated that the structure sags in the center but stands strong and vigorous at the ends to express initial defeat and ultimate victory. It is a unique monument because it stands over the object it is commemorating. I believe an alternative meaning could be reflective thought and passing of generations. This could be because as a person is looking into the water to visualize the ship they subsequently also see a reflection of themselves. This induces deep thought of past generations and the passing of culture and knowledge to the upcoming generations. Some tourists say if they stare in the ocean for a long period of time they can actually see the souls of the soldiers within the ripples of the water. Whether they are being fictitious or not there is definitely a uniqueness of being able to visualize the past within the present.