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Hawaii's Civil War veterans honored at Punchbowl

Justin Vance Justin Vance
Edna Ellis Edna Ellis

By Lisa Kubota - bio | email

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - A ceremony Thursday honored Hawaii veterans who fought in a war nearly 150 years ago. A new bronze plaque recognizes those who served during the Civil War.

It was installed near the overlook at the national memorial cemetery of the pacific. Two descendants of men who fought in the civil war attended the event. Experts say it's tough to figure out how many people from Hawaii were involved because the last names of Native Hawaiians were often written down incorrectly or made up.

"We have 110 documented Hawaiians, people born in Hawaii, many of them Native Hawaiians, who fought for the Union and Confederacy" said Justin Vance, President of the Hawaii Civil War Round Table.

"I'm very proud of what we did. The group, they worked hard to put it together and know that we were once a kingdom but now we're a state and now we have a plaque to give back to the boys" said descendant Edna Ellis.

The ceremony also included a 21 gun salute by Civil War re-enactors.

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