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Local community helps with lei shortage at Punchbowl

Mark Burnett Mark Burnett
Rio Clayto Rio Clayto

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - An annual Memorial Day weekend tradition went on as usual today, despite a brief scare.

Sunny skies and brisk trades gave way to a picture perfect day at Punchbowl, as thousands of boy scouts fanned out at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific at Punchbowl, decorating 38,000 graves with flags and lei.

Cemetery officials say over the weekend, the local community came through, dropping off thousands of flowers.

For the boy scouts, it is a meaningful experience for them, like this boy scout who saluted and thanked each deceased for serving our country.

"I think they do, especially military kids because mom and dad are gone for such a long period of time. I think they understand and those are the ones that are the ones that are the true heroes", said scout leader Mark Burnett.

"So we can, so the people that died for us and we have to honor them", said boy scout Rio Clayto.

We should also mention that the girl scouts also did their part by doing the same at the Hawaii State Veterans Cemetery in Kaneohe.

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