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                Public Communications Division

                            Department of Customer Services

                            City & County of Honolulu




May 15, 2002







Mayor Jeremy Harris will deliver the keynote address at the 51st Annual Mayor’s Memorial Day Ceremony, 8:30 a.m. on Monday, May 27, 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 and General Bill Begert, Commander, Pacific Air Forces will place the memorial wreath at the cemetery’s Dedicatory Stone.  They will be assisted by Marissa Lee (Girl Scout Council of Hawaii), Nathan Pritz (Boy Scouts of America, Aloha Council) and Kimberly Andrade (HPD Law Enforcement Explorer Scout).


            The posting of the 50 State flags will be performed by Junior ROTC cadets from Kalaheo, Kailua and Farrington High Schools and the Honolulu Police Department’s Law Enforcement Explorer Scouts.  The Joint Service Color Guard will post the national colors.  Numerous veterans organization will present wreaths and colors.


            The 21-gun salute will be fired by Alpha Battery, 1st Battalion, 12th Marines USMC Kaneohe.  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 Honolulu Boy Choir and Royal Hawaiian Band.


            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 bus, as parking at the cemetery is limited.  Round-trip 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.




These photo opportunities are available for activities leading up to Memorial Day.


Wednesday, May 15 - 10 a.m. Mayor Harris will present awards to the winners of the Student Memorial Day Poster Contest.  Winning drawings are exhibited on the third floor of Honolulu Hale through May 24.


Friday, May 24 – 10:30 a.m. About 100 senior citizens will gather at Makua Alii Senior Center on King and Kalakaua to sew leis which will adorn the gravesites at Punchbowl on Memorial Day.


Saturday, May 25 – 8 a.m. Rehearsal for Memorial Day.  Junior ROTC students and Honolulu Boy Choir will practice.


Sunday, May 26 – 1 p.m. About 2,600 Boy Scouts will place leis and flags at Punchbowl grave sites.  Girl Scouts will decorate the chapel at the top of the staircase. 



Tuesday, July 09, 2002

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