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May 10, 2001

MAYOR'S MEMORIAL DAY SERVICE AT PUNCHBOWL

The Annual Mayor's Memorial Day Service will be held Monday, May 28, at 8:30 a.m. at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific. The ceremony will honor veterans who died in service to our nation.

As part of the program, Mayor Jeremy Harris, assisted by several scouts, will place a wreath at the Dedicatory Stone. Wreaths will also be placed there by a number of veteran organizations.

After the Mayor's address, a 21-gun cannon salute will be fired and. Four Hawaii Air National Guard F15 fighter planes will provide the “Missing Man” flyover. [People who park within the crater are asked to deactivate their car alarms because the cannon fire may set them off.]

TheBus will provide five shuttle buses from the bus stop at Alapai and Hotel streets from 7:45 to 8:15 a.m. The destination signs will read "Special" and a placard in the windshield will read "Punchbowl." Buses will return to Hotel and Alapai. Regular fares, bus passes and transfers will prevail, and free parking will be available on the top deck of the municipal parking garage at Beretania and Alapai streets.

On Sunday (May 27) over 3,000 Explorer, Boy and Cub Scouts will decorate the grave markers with leis and U.S. flags. Their activity will start at 1 p.m. with a memorial service. Girl Scouts will decorate the chapel.

Last year, Hawaii's school children and senior citizen clubs made approximately 35,000 leis and sprays for the Mayor's Memorial Day service. The flowers will be collected on the Neighbor Islands by counselors from the Office of Veterans Services and flown to Honolulu free of charge by Aloha Airlines.

Oahu civil defense volunteers will unload the leis and place them in refrigerated containers donated by Matson Navigation Company. Army National Guard soldiers will drive the containers from the airport to Punchbowl Crater.

Hawaii Transportation Association members will collect and transport leis from Oahu schools to the cemetery.

About 3,000 of the leis will also be placed on graves at the State of Hawaii Veterans' Cemetery in Kaneohe and at the Schofield Barracks cemetery.

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Tuesday, February 26, 2002

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