Memorial Day ceremonies remember Hawaii’s heroes

Hawaii’s heroes are being remembered throughout the state Monday.

The Mayor’s Memorial Day Service took place at 8:30 a.m. at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific at Punchbowl.

The ceremony included performances by the Royal Hawaiian Band, wreath laying, a three gun volley rifle salute, and remarks by Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell and Adm. Harry B. Harris Jr., commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet.

[Watch the video above for scenes from the ceremony.]

“We come here today to remember you, to say, ‘You are missed. We’re never going to forget what you did. Thank you and we love you,'” Caldwell said, “and that goes for all those here today in service.”

Lei was placed on each grave, courtesy of volunteers and donations.

Schofield Barracks Post Cemetery (Photo: U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii Public Affairs)
Schofield Barracks Post Cemetery (Photo: U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii Public Affairs)

Meanwhile, the U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii and the military community held an intimate Memorial Day Remembrance Ceremony at 10 a.m. at Schofield Barracks Post Cemetery.

Col. Richard A. Fromm, commander, USAG-HI, honored veterans who gave their lives in service, while representatives from the Military Order of the Purple Heart, Disabled American Veterans, Veterans of Foreign Wars, and American Legion placed wreaths in the cemetery to honor fallen comrades.

At 1 p.m., the annual Governor’s Memorial Day Ceremony takes place at the Hawaii State Veterans Cemetery in Kaneohe.

Flags of the United States and the State of Hawaii were flown at half-staff at all state offices and agencies, as well as the Hawaii National Guard, until noon.

Check out these viewer-submitted photos below:

This is my 3-year-old grandson Raiden today at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific thanking a soldier of the present and those that have gone before.  -- Gloria Tumulak Amit Rabanal‎
This is my 3-year-old grandson Raiden today at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific thanking a soldier of the present and those that have gone before. — Gloria Tumulak Amit Rabanal‎
Kalaeloa/Kapolei Boys Scouts of America honoring those who sacrificed their lives for our freedom.  -- Coen Aiga‎
Kalaeloa/Kapolei Boys Scouts of America honoring those who sacrificed their lives for our freedom.
Coen Aiga‎
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