“Oh wow,” I thought as I stared wide-eyed up at the aircraft carrier looming in front of me, “it’s massive!” I was in downtown San Diego, California, looking up at the USS Midway Museum that rests in San Diego Harbor. The USS Midway Museum is an actual retired aircraft carrier that served in World War II, has been restored, and turned into a museum that people can tour. It is really a neat opportunity to see what life would be like to live on a navy ship that big.
With the tours being guided by headphones, it does not matter what time you arrive or what time you leave. You can spend a whole day there seeing the different parts of the ship and participating in the fun activities the museum has available, or, if time is limited, you can try to spend just an hour or two looking at the different rooms and functions of the ship, although you may feel that it’s not nearly enough time to do the aircraft carrier justice. From the boiler room to the outside deck, the information presented by the audio tour is fascinating, and being able to examine real fighter planes from the past just adds to the experience.
As I toured the USS Midway, I had the opportunity to also fill out a letter to a US marine that is currently serving and thank him or her for their service to me and my country. As I continued on, it began to hit me that this place was actually a ship that had sailed out to sea with men who were willing to give their lives for their country. I saw the conditions that they lived in. I saw how cramped they were. I was filled with awe at how much love and loyalty they must have felt for their country to willingly go out into the war.
From the experience I gained through touring the USS Midway, I now have a much greater appreciation for our armed forces and the great service that they perform. I realize that there’s a lot more that I can do to help make our country a better place. I feel that if so many people are going to sacrifice so much to keep the United States a free place, then I should do my best to be loyal to my country and try to make a difference. My journey through the USS Midway became a journey for me in many other ways as well.
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