"On our recent visit to Hawaii, our family was waiting in line to be assigned a number for the launch to the Arizona. In front of us was a Army Staff Sgt. dressed in his fatigues who was with his mother.
When we got to the desk for our number assignment, he was told that the Navy would not allow him on the memorial dressed as he was. Everyone around gasped at that.
He was told that if he wanted to go ON the memorial he would need different clothes. He was just back from Iraq and did not have civilian clothes with him.
The park service clerk suggested that he go to the PX about a mile down the road and he could possible pick up civilian attire. They would be glad to HOLD his number while he did that. Yes, he did get back in time; however, dressed in an aloha shirt, cut off shorts and flip flops.
No one around that day could fathom that an active military person would be denied access to the Arizona because he was in his fatigues. Fatigues are normal army attire when out and about in Hawaii. This gentlemen should have been sent to the front of the line.
Have you ever heard about this before?"
AnswerNo, I actually had never heard of that before. However, upon checking the National Park Service site for the USS Arizona National Memorial, I read the following:
Dress AttireA BDU is Battle Dress Uniform. I suppose the restriction has something to do with respect. Since so many soldiers are entombed on the USS Arizona, they apparently feel that any military person who wishes to be in uniform should wear their best uniform.
Civilian: The minimum dress attire for the USS Arizona Memorial is footwear, shorts and shirt. Sandals and Flip Flops are permissible, but bathing suits or profane T-shirts are not allowed on-site.
Military: The minimum dress attire for military personnel is dress whites or better, or service equivalent. BDU'S are not allowed on the memorial.
On the one hand I understand it, but I really don’t see how the soldier’s fatigues are less respectful than a t-shirt, shorts and flip-flops.
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