Thousands honor heroes laid to rest at Punchbowl

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Thousands went to the National Memorial of the Pacific at Punchbowl on Sunday to honor our nation’s heroes.

Special tribute services began at 8 a.m. and continued through the evening.

The Vietnam Veterans Candlelight Ceremony began at 5:30 p.m. starting with Hawaii’s Rolling Thunder motorcyclist. The motorcyclist and other visitors lit 1,000 candles, each candle representing the strobe light for a helicopter flyover in search of a U.S. service member missing in action during the Vietnam War.

On Saturday, KHON2 brought you the exclusive story about the couple who volunteered to fly their World War II era biplane over Punchbowl as the ceremony wrapped up.

They stepped up to the plate after finding out that the traditional military flyover was cancelled due to budget constraints.

Earlier Sunday, KHON2 caught up with the Boy Scouts of Hawaii.

Hundreds of them gathered around noon for a special ceremony. They then spread out to lay flags and lei at each of the 34,000 graves at Punchbowl.

For some of the Boy Scouts, it was their first time to visit these hallowed grounds.

“It means that we’re honoring all the U.S. Marines and all the people who died in battle for us. I’d say you did a good job protecting our country,” Boy Scout Dean Ahearn said.

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