Fallen service members in Hawaii honored on this Memorial Day

Across the country Monday, Americans remembered members of the U.S. Armed Forces who gave their lives fighting for our freedom.

Ceremonies were held statewide to honor service members who died while serving our country, including at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, which paid special tribute to the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War.

Retired Gen. David Bramlett was the keynote speaker.

“Every one of them was mourned at that time and are still remembered today by family, who surely felt the greatest anguish, by friends like us who wept as well, and by their fellow soldiers or Marines, sailors, airmen or Coasties who didn’t know them, but were linked by the demands of selfless service and by duties served,” he said.

A 21-cannon salute and wreath presentations also marked the occasion.

Over at Schofield Barracks, the U.S. Army held an intimate Memorial Day Remembrance Ceremony at Post Cemetery.

The ceremony was open to the public.

Representatives from the Military Order of the Purple Heart, Disabled American Veterans, American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, and Hawaii World War I Centennial Task Force placed wreaths to honor fallen comrades.

Col. Steve Dawson, commander, U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii, was the featured speaker.

All gallery photos courtesy of U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii.

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