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Mayor Mufi Hannemann delivered the keynote address at the Annual Mayor’s Memorial Day Service today at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific.

            Mayor Hannemann, U.S. Representatives Neil Abercrombie and Ed Case, Lt. Governor Duke Aiona, Jr. and Brigadier General Vern T. Miyagi, U.S. Pacific Command, placed memorial wreaths at the cemetery’s Dedicatory Stone.  Law Enforcement Explorer Lt. Jessie Manufekai, Boy Scout Shafer Pacada and Girl Scout Tate Kaneshige assisted.

            Junior ROTC cadets from Aiea, Campbell and Roosevelt high schools posted the 50 State flags and the Joint Military Color Guard presented the national colors.  Numerous veterans’ organizations placed wreaths at the ceremony.

            A detachment from Hickam Air Force Honor Guard fired a 21-gun rifle salute and four Hawaii Air National Guard 199th Squadron fighter jets flew of the cemetery in the “Missing Man” formation.

            Mike Buck was master of ceremonies and the Honolulu Boy Choir, Tradewinds and Royal Hawaiian Band performed.

            Each year, more than 30,000 leis sewn and donated by school children throughout the state decorated the graves of veterans at Punchbowl and other veteran cemeteries.  Approximately 20,000 of the lei are from Kauai, Hawaii and Maui public schools.

            On Sunday (May 28) Boy Scouts placed the lei on the graves at Punchbowl and Girl Scouts decorated the Chapel at the Cemetery.




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


Monday, May 29, 2006

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