Preparations underway for Mayor’s Memorial Day Ceremony at Punchbowl

Dozens gathered at Honolulu Hale Friday to sew a lei for Memorial Day.

The lei will be used for the 67th Mayor’s Memorial Day Ceremony, which will take place Monday at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific at Punchbowl.

The goal was to have 38,000 lei sewed by the end of the day.

“We having all the pua being dropped off here from all over,” said Misty Kelai, Mayor’s Office of Culture and the Arts. “Even if the community has lei at home, they can drop off at any fire station. They’ll all be coming here for the final count.”

The Royal Hawaiian Band Glee Club entertained lei makers as they worked.

The 67th Mayor’s Memorial Day Ceremony begins at 8:30 a.m., and the public is invited.

The observance features formal military, cultural, and patriotic services befitting the solemn occasion and the hallowed grounds of the cemetery at Pūowaina.

Mayor Kirk Caldwell will provide the memorial address and Admiral Harry B. Harris, Jr., Commander, U.S. Pacific Command, will also speak. Other dignitaries, veterans organizations, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, and Junior ROTC Cadets will participate in the ceremonies. The U.S. Pacific Command Joint Service Color Guard will post the national colors, and other branches of the military will provide support and assistance.

During the ceremony a traditional three-gun rifle volley is performed while “Taps” is played at the national cemetery. The service is highlighted by a jet fighter flyover provided by the Hawai‘i Air National Guard. Billy V. will serve as master of ceremonies and the Sounds of Aloha and the Royal Hawaiian Band will perform.

Parking is very limited at the cemetery. Those attending are encouraged to use TheBus service from the Alapai Transit Center. TheBus pick up times are at 7 a.m., 7:20 a.m., 7:40 a.m., and 8 a.m. Regular bus fares and passes will be accepted.

Free parking will be available at the Frank F. Fasi Municipal Building parking lot. Free parking and shuttle service will also be available at Robert Louis Stevenson Middle School and President Abraham Lincoln Elementary School.

The annual event is presented by the City Department of Parks and Recreation with the support of more than 50 government agencies, businesses, non-profit organizations and individuals.

For information, call the Department of Parks and Recreation at 768-3003.

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