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MAY 16, 2001


Mayor Jeremy Harris will deliver the keynote address at the 50th Annual Mayor's Memorial Day Ceremony, that begins at 8:45 a.m. on May 28 at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific (at Punchbowl).

Major General Edward V. Richardson, USAF (Retired) will serve as Master of Ceremony.

Mayor Harris, Admiral Dennis C. Blair, Commander-in-Chief, U.S. Pacific Command and U.S. Representative Neil Abercrombie will place the memorial wreath at the cemetery's Dedicatory Stone. They will be assisted by Sheri Katayama (Senior Girl Scout Gold Award Recipient), Kuulei Lehua Kupihea (Honolulu Police Department Law Enforcement Explorer Scout) and Eagle Scout Juan Morales, Jr. (Troop 21).

The posting of 50 State flags will be performed by Junior ROTC cadets from Castle, Kaimuki and Kaiser high schools and the Honolulu Police Department's Law Enforcement Explorer Scouts. The Joint Service Color Guard will post the national colors. Several veterans organizations will present wreaths and colors.

The 21-gun salute will be fired by the 3/7th Field Artillery, U.S. Army 25th Infantry Division (Light). Four Hawaii Air National Guard F-15 fighter jets from the 199th Fighter Squadron will fly the “Missing Man” formation over the cemetery.

Music will be provided by the Royal Hawaiian Band and Our Savior Lutheran School Choir.

The public is encouraged to park free-of-charge in the Civic Center Parking Lot next to the Honolulu Municipal Building and ride the shuttle, as parking at the cemetery is limited. Round-trip shuttle buses will operate every 15 minutes from the Alapai/Hotel bus lot starting at 7:15 a.m. The destination sign on the buses will read “Special” and a placard in the windshield will read “Punchbowl.” Regular fares will prevail. Those who drive to the cemetery are strongly reminded to de-activate their car alarms as cannon firing will set them off and disrupt the service.

Pre-Service Schedule of Events:

May 23, 10 a.m. Mayor Jeremy Harris will present awards to the young winners of the Memorial Day Poster Contest. Winning drawings were designed as posters to solicit lei donations from the community.

Thursday, May 24, 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Senior citizens and park personnel will pick flowers for leis at Koko Crater Botanical Gardens off Kealahou Street across Queen'sGate subdivision.

May 24, 4 p.m. to 8:30 a.m May 25, Thousands of leis from Maui, Kauai and the Big Island arrive via Aloha Air Cargo at Honolulu International Airport. Oahu Civil Defense and Hawaii National Guard volunteers off-load lei from planes and transport to Punchbowl in refrigerated containers.

Friday, May 25, 10:30 a.m. About 75 senior citizens will sew leis at Makua Alii Senior Center on King/Kalakaua. Leis sewn by school students will be picked up from DOE facilities throughout Oahu.

Saturday, May 26, 8 a.m. Memorial Day Ceremony rehearsal at Punchbowl for military and paramilitary components.

Sunday, May 27, 1 to 2 p.m. 2,600 Boys Scouts place leis and flags at Punchbowl grave sites; Girl Scouts decorate chapel at top of the Memorial staircase.

Monday, May 28, 8:45 to 9:30 a.m. Mayor's Memorial Day Ceremony at Punchbowl

From the Department of Parks and Recreation
Contact: Ann Niino, Information Specialist, 808-527-6078

Wednesday, February 27, 2002

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