Arizona Memorial reopened after engineers say dock is safe

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Posted: Nov 06, 2015 7:25 PM

HONOLULU (AP) — The National Park Service is reopening the USS Arizona Memorial to visitors after engineers determined its dock is safe.

The park service said Friday only minor repairs are needed.

The agency on Thursday suspended memorial visits after officials noticed bolts connecting the dock to the memorial were stressed.

World War II Valor in the Pacific Superintendent Jacqueline Ashwell thanked the public for their patience and understanding while officials looked into the issue.

The Arizona Memorial is an open-air structure honoring the 1,177 sailors and Marines killed when their battleship was bombed by Japanese planes on Dec. 7, 1941. The memorial sits above the sunken hull of the vessel in Pearl Harbor.

Visitors ride boats to the memorial from a visitors center on shore.