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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                     May 26, 2010




            Mayor Mufi Hannemann, U.S. Senator Daniel K. Inouye, U.S. Senator Daniel K. Akaka, and Lt. Governor James R. Aiona, Jr., will participate in the annual Mayor's Memorial Day Ceremony on May 31, at the National Cemetery of the Pacific.  Senator Inouye and Mayor Hannemann will deliver keynote speeches at the ceremony.


            "I look forward to once again paying a fitting tribute to the men and women who served in the American military and made the ultimate sacrifice for our country's freedom," said Mayor Hannemann.


            Law Enforcement Explorer Captain Risa Moniz, Boy Scout Mitchell Kwok and Ambassador Girl Scout Cristin Lim will assist the dignitaries by placing memorial wreaths at the cemetery's Dedicatory Stone.


            Junior ROTC cadets from Kaimuki, Aiea, James Campbell and Waipahu high schools will post the 50 state flags and the Joint Military Color Guard and the Joint Military Color Guard 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 by the Hawaii Air National Guard 199th Squadron fighter jets flying the "Missing Man" formation.


            Dan Cooke will serve as master of ceremonies and the Honolulu Boy Choir, Pearl City High School Choir, A Touch of Gold 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 City's 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.