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Fallen soldiers honored with medal of honor

Maj. Gen. Robert Lee Maj. Gen. Robert Lee
Walter Kiwis Walter Kiwis
Calvin Say Calvin Say

By Duane Shimogawa - bio | email 

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Hawaii's fallen soldiers were honored at the State Capitol Tuesday afternoon.

Since it became a law in 2005, 269 Hawaii service members have received the Medal of Honor. That number includes today's 28 men and women.

One after the other, families of fallen soldiers got up to receive the state's medal of honor.

This ceremony, in front of a joint session of the Hawaii State Legislature started five years ago.

Every year, the names change, but the emotions of the ceremony remain the same.

The Walter family lost a big part of their ohana last year. Their daughter, Cwislyn was just 19-years- old when she died in Kuwait.

The Hawaii National Guard member was aiming for a career in the army. After her first tour of duty, she wanted to extend her time in the guard 20 more years. Her father says today's ceremony brought back memories both good and bad.

"It feels great, but it's also sad for me," Cwislyn's father, Kiwis Walter said. "This Medal of Honor, it makes me think of her, but I'm very proud of her for what she did for the country."

A Hawaii Army National guardsman designed the Hawaii Medal of Honor. It includes six components, including a circle of kalo leaves.

"Today's ceremony was very humbling, very sad, but also a reflection of how lucky we are in the State of Hawaii, with these young men and women who are sacrificing their lives for the greater good of democracy throughout the country," State Representative and Speaker of the House, Calvin Say said.

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