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Gold Star Mothers Day ceremony

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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

Hawaii families honored the sacrifice of their loved ones who served our country at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific at Punchbowl Sunday morning.

During the annual Gold Star Mothers Day ceremony, families placed the boots of fallen troops at the base of the Lady Columbia statue. The statue stands on a hill overlooking the cemetery and represents all grieving mothers of the Armed Forces, watching over the fallen.

"My granddaughter, my grandson, they both were so close to their dads that just coming here is a reminder of their fathers' sacrifice. But they feel the pain of his loss. It's hard to adjust to that, but we try," said Louis Mikasobe.

"It's the service member's service that we are honoring and the families grieve regardless of how their sons or their husbands died, the families grieve the same," Elizabeth Olsen explained.

Today, the group includes all mothers whose children have died while serving, whether it be by illness, accident or suicide. 

The U.S. began observing Gold Star Mothers Day in 1936 for those who died during World War I.

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