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Mayor Mufi Hannemann today announced details of the Mayor’s Memorial Day Ceremony to be held Monday, May 25, at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific (Punchbowl), from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. The public is invited to attend. Parking is limited.


“This is a very special day to remember and to honor all the members of our military who have given their lives for us,” Mayor Hannemann said. “We will never forget the tremendous sacrifices that so many have made.”


Among the many special guests who will attend are Assistant Secretary of Public and Intergovernmental Affairs for the  Department of Veterans Affairs L. Tammy Duckworth; U.S. Senator Daniel Akaka; U.S. Senator Daniel Inouye’s Executive Assistant for Military Affairs Walter Kaneakua; U.S. Representative Neil Abercrombie; U.S. Representative Mazie Hirono; Admiral Timothy Keating, Commander of the U.S. Pacific Command; and Hawaii Adjutant General Robert Lee.


More than 35 veterans’ organizations will participate in the presentation of a wreath to honor fallen comrades.


The invocation will be delivered by Chaplain April Bright, Captain, 45th Rear Detachment, U.S. Army.


The benediction will be delivered by Bishop Kuka Toleafoa, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, Moanalua 2nd Ward. He is a Chief Warrant Officer Four who served in the U.S. Army for more than 23 years, including deployments in Operation Iraqi Freedom and to Bosnia and Herzegovina.


Mayor Hannemann will deliver the keynote address.


Members of the Honolulu Fire Department will sing the national anthem. Other musical guests will include the Royal Hawaiian Band and the Honolulu Boy Choir.


The 199th Fighter Squadron, Hawaii Air National Guard, will conduct a flyover in the Missing Man formation.




Media contact: Bill Brennan, Mayor’s Office, 768-6928