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Fallen soldiers, Veterans honored at Punchbowl Cemetery

Sen. Daniel Inouye Sen. Daniel Inouye
Mayor Mufi Hannemann Mayor Mufi Hannemann

By Holly Juscen – bio | email

HONOLULU (hawaiiNewsNow) - An American flag and a lei were placed at each grave. There was a missing man fly over and 21 gun salute. It was a day to honor the thousands of fallen soldiers who have sacrificed their lives fighting for our country and our freedom. Honolulu Mayor Mufi Hanneman said this is a time to pay tribute.

"They came from many places, from many walks of life. They were our fellow Americans, they were people and they will always be remembered especially on this special day," said Hannemann.

Mayor Hannemann, along with US Senators Daniel Akaka and Inouye were among the crowd at the 60th Annual Memorial Day Ceremony at Punchbowl Cemetery. Senator Inouye, a decorated World War II hero, called it a day of reflection.

"The blood that was shed that day. My 442nd regimental brothers that fought and died, many of them are here today. I always promised I would do justice to their memory and honor all those who have come today," said Senator Inouye.

It was a special observance and well as a reminder of the hundreds of thousands of service men and women currently fighting in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

"Let us pray for those especially those defending and protecting our nation, and our friends around the world, may they all return home safely, "said Mayor Hannemann.

"Let us pause and remember to appreciate the freedoms we enjoy everyday, much is do to the sacrifices brave men and women we will never know, " said Senator Inouye.

"Our quest for peace should never die. We should never lose hope, we should always strive always strive and constantly pray for a world devoid of conflict turmoil and destruction.

There are currently 186,000 troops still fighting in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. 5,400 soldiers have lost their lives.

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