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Memorial Day remembrance ceremony at Schofield Barracks

Col. Douglas S. Mulbury Col. Douglas S. Mulbury
Sammy Houseberg, Senior Vice Commander for Chapter Four Disabled American Veterans. Sammy Houseberg, Senior Vice Commander for Chapter Four Disabled American Veterans.

By Lisa Kubota - bio | email

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS (HawaiiNewsNow) - Many Hawaii residents attended military tributes on this Memorial Day. A remembrance ceremony at Schofield Barracks honored those who made the ultimate sacrifice, including four soldiers killed by an improvised explosive device while on patrol a week ago in Afghanistan. They're just the latest casualties for Hawaii's military community.

"It's a very emotional time for me because I have served, and I've commanded in combat, and I've lost soldiers in combat," said Col. Douglas Mulbury, commander of the U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii. "It's something that you live with for the rest of your life, but you want to honor them today and always."

"I want to thank those young soldiers that are still out in the front lines fighting for our freedom and our well being," said Sammy Houseberg, a member of Disabled American Veterans.

The solemn remembrance ceremony at the Schofield Barracks Post Cemetery continues to grow each year. People of all ages gathered to show their gratitude.

"It's the day we honor those who have fallen during previous wars, and we're here to celebrate their life and continuation of their life by continuing to observe memorial day in their honor," said Houseberg.

For those in the crowd, it was a chance to recognize the courage and sacrifice of fallen heroes. They also prayed for troops who are still putting their lives on the line to serve their country.

"This is an incredibly important day for not just soldiers and family members and veterans, but all Americans. It's an opportunity to honor those who have served and it's an opportunity to reflect on the values that make our country great," said Mulbury.

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