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Volunteers help construct lanterns for Memorial Day

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - In preparation for this Mays lantern floating ceremony, dozens of volunteers Saturday helped build the more than 2,000 lanterns expected to be launched into the water on Memorial Day.

At the Shinnyo-en Hawaii Temple, volunteers helped paste and glue the lanterns together.

Candles are also placed in the middle of the lantern.

Each one is supposed to symbolize and remember someone who has passed on.

Volunteers say they spend countless hours making each lantern special.

"We're here from March, first thing in March, we're here every weekend roughly 3 hours a week", said lantern construction chair Glenn Vergara.

The completed lanterns will be set afloat on Memorial Day at Magic Island.

Tens of thousands of people are expected at this annual event which is free of charge.

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