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May 19, 2003




            Mayor Jeremy Harris will deliver the keynote address at the 52nd Annual Mayor's Memorial Day Ceremony, 8:30 a.m. on Monday, May 26, at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific at Punchbowl.


            Jade Moon of KGMB-9 will serve as Master of Ceremony.


            Mayor Harris and Admiral Thomas Fargo, Commander, U.S. Pacific Command will place the memorial wreath at the cemetery's Dedicatory Stone.  They will be assisted by Susan Hirai (Girl Scout Council of Hawaii), Christopher Stiles (Boy Scouts of America, Aloha Council) and Ashely Aoki (HPD Law Enforcement Explorer Scout).


            Junior ROTC cadets from McKinley, Moanalua and Radford High Schools and the Honolulu Police Department's Law Enforcement Explorer Scouts will perform the posting of the 50 State flags.  The Joint Service Color Guard will post the national colors.  Numerous veterans' organizations will present wreaths and colors.


            Alpha Battery, 1st Battalion, 12th Marines USMC Kaneohe will fire the 21-gun salute.  Four Hawaii Air National Guard F-15 fighter jets from the 199th Fighter Squadron will fly the "Missing Man" formation over the cemetery.  


            The Honolulu Boy Choir and Royal Hawaiian Band will provide music.


            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.



Monday, May 19, 2003

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