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Hundreds of people gathered to pay their respects to the men and women who died while serving our country at the National Memorial of the Pacific at Punchbowl.
Memorial Day is a special time for the living to pay respect to those who gave the ultimate sacrifice for America.
“So today we remain eternally grateful to those who made the ultimate sacrifice… We will never ever forget,” Adm. Samuel Locklear said.
Monday’s ceremony at the National Memorial of the Pacific was set up by the mayor’s office, which organized all the volunteers and extra security.
“Girl Scouts and Boys Scouts who are in presence here today for their efforts during this Memorial Day period. The lei that they gathered and placed on over 50,000 graves both here at Punchbowl and Kaneohe speaks volumes about a new generation of leadership,” Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell said.
“We had some security challenges because the new normal in security is we have to be more vigilant. Whether it was the Boston Marathon bombing and so forth,” Director of Punchbowl National Memorial of the Pacific Gene Castagnetti said.
Another difference that the public was told to expect was no military missing man formation flyover at the end of the ceremony due to budget cuts at the Department of Defense.
However, as one veteran put it, where there’s a will, there’s a way.
KHON2′s Taizo Braden: “There was a plane that flew over our service today. Was that expected?”
Director of Punchbowl National Memorial of the Pacific Gene Castagnetti: “No, that was not a plan.”