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Mayor Mufi Hannemann will deliver the keynote address at the Annual Mayor's Memorial Day Service on Monday, May 30 at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific at Puowaina (Punchbowl) Crater.  The ceremonies begin at 8:30 a.m.

          Mayor Hannemann, Rear Admiral Van Meter Alford, Jr. chief of staff, U.S. Pacific Command; U.S. Senator Daniel Akaka, and U.S. Representatives Neil Abercrombie and Ed Case will place memorial wreaths at the cemetery's Dedicatory Stone.  Law Enforcement Explorer Julie Kwan, Boy Scout Preston Downing, and Girl Scout Alena Lau, will assist them.

          Junior ROTC cadets from Leilehua, Kalaheo and Kailua high schools, and members of the Law Enforcement Explorers will post the 50 State flags.  The Joint Service Color Guard will post the national colors and numerous veterans' organizations will present wreaths and colors.

          A detachment from Marine Air Group 24 will fire the 21-gun rifle salute.  Four Hawaii Air National Guard F-15 fighter jets will fly the "Missing Man" formation over the cemetery.  The 1st Battalion, 12th Marines will conduct a 21-gun artillery salute.

          Al Waterson will serve as master of ceremony.  The Honolulu Boy Choir, Jordan Segundo and the Royal Hawaiian Band will perform music for the event.

          Parking at the cemetery is very limited.  Those attending the event are encouraged to use the round-trip shuttle buses that will operate every 15 minutes from the Alapai Express Bus Terminal (at the corner of South King and Alapai streets), starting at 7:15 a.m.  Parking will be free at the Civic Center Parking Lot across the street, next to the Honolulu Municipal Building.  Destination signs on the buses will read "Special Punchbowl Cemetery".  Regular fares of $2/adult and $1/youth (grades 1- 12) will prevail and monthly adult and youth passes will be accepted and elderly and disabled passes will be honored.

Those who drive to the cemetery are strongly reminded to de-activate their car alarms, as the sound of the cannons firing will set them off and disrupt the solemn service.  For information, call the Department of Parks and Recreation at 692-5725.




Contact:  Department of Parks and Recreation at 692-5725.

Friday, May 20, 2005

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