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 - MAY 26, 2008


          Mayor Mufi Hannemann, U.S. Senator Daniel K. Akaka, U.S. Representatives Neil Abercrombie and Mazie Hirono, Lt. Governor James R. Aiona, Jr. and Admiral Timothy Keating, U.S. Pacific Command, will participate in the Mayor's Memorial Day Ceremony on May 26, at the National Cemetery of the Pacific.  Mayor Hannemann will deliver the keynote address at the ceremony.

          Law Enforcement Explorer Major Kenny Kwan, Eagle Scout Bryan Chinaka and Senior Girl Scout Joy Piotroski will assist the dignitaries by placing memorial wreaths at the Cemetery's Dedicatory Stone.

          Junior ROTC cadets from Castle, Kaiser, and McKinley high schools will post the 50 state flags and the Joint Military Color Guard and the Celtic Pipe & Drums will post the national colors.  Numerous veterans' organizations will present wreaths and their colors.

          The Hickam Air Force Honor Guard will fire a three-gun rifle volley while the solemn "Taps" is played.  The ceremony is highlighted with a 21-gun salute and the Hawaii Air National Guard 199th Squadron's fighter jets flying the "Missing Man" formation.

          Tanya Joaquin will serve as master of ceremonies and the Honolulu Boy Choir, Tama Samoa and the Royal Hawaiian Band will perform.

          The Memorial Day ceremony is presented through the coordination and support of more than 50 government agencies, businesses and non-profit organizations and individuals.  The event is planned and conducted by the Department of Parks and Recreation.  Most of the lei adorning the graves at the cemetery are donated by Hawaii's public school children through the outstanding coordination of the Department of Education.


Contact:  Department of Parks and Recreation at 768-3002.

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

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