America’s war dead honored at Natatorium service

Nearly a century ago, 10,000 people from Hawai’i volunteered to serve in World War I, and on Sunday, they were honored at the 27th annual Memorial Day service at the Waikiki War Memorial Natatorium.

The Natatorium is Hawai’i’s official WWI monument.

The service paid special tribute to those who served in the first world war, where at least 101 from Hawai’i died. But Sunday’s service also honored all who served and died in America’s wars.

“As they learn to walk again, they learn to surf again. As they learn to think and speak again, they don’t ask much from us, but we know better. We do. We owe them,” said Brigadier General C.J. Mahoney, Deputy Commander of the U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific.

The service included a 21-gun salute, a bugler playing taps, hula and other performances. It was sponsored by the Friends of the Natatorium.

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