Lei needed for Memorial Day Ceremony at Punchbowl

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Lei collections are underway across the state on Friday to gather 38,000 lei to place on the gravesites of fallen service members for the 66th annual Memorial Day Ceremony at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific on Monday, May 25, 2015.

Prior to the ceremony, Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts will place the lei on the grave markers of the men and women interred at the cemetery.  Individuals and groups are encouraged to sew or purchase fresh flower lei to be donated for this uniquely Hawaiian effort.

Lei can be dropped off at designated city parks, all Oahu fire stations and certain city offices on Friday, May 22 at the specific times and locations listed below.  A list of drop-off sites is below.  All lei must be made of fresh flowers or ti leaves and must measure 20 to 24 inches before tying (lei must be tied).

Lei collection sites on Oahu on Friday, May 22:

The following city parks from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.:

  • Ala Wai Community Park
  • Kailua District Park
  • Kaneohe District Park
  • Makiki District Park
  • Makua Alii Center
  • Waialua District Park
  • Wai‘anae District Park
  • Waiau District Park
  • Waimanalo District Park
  • Waipahu District Park
  • All city fire stations on Oahu from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Kapolei Hale security desk from 8 a.m. to noon
  • Permits office at Frank F. Fasi Municipal Building (1st Floor) from 8 a.m. to noon

Memorial Day Ceremony 2015
The public is invited to join military and civilian dignitaries at the City and County of Honolulu's annual Memorial Day Ceremony on Monday, May 25, 8:30 a.m., at the “Punchbowl” National Cemetery of the Pacific. 
This year's keynote address will be delivered by Gen. Lori J. Robinson, Commander, Pacific Air Forces; Air Component Commander for U.S. Pacific Command; and Executive Director, Pacific Air Combat Operations Staff, Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii. 
Also speaking will be the Honorable Judge Thomas K. Kaulukukui, Jr., (Ret.). 
The Royal Hawaiian Band and the Sounds of Aloha Chorus Choir will perform along with Katrina Manongdo, an employee of the Department of Parks and Recreation.  Oahu veterans' groups will place wreaths at the dedicatory stone and tributes will be paid to those laid to rest in the sacred crater known as Puowaina.
The Memorial Day ceremony is free and open to the public; however, parking at the cemetery is very limited. Bus service will be available and is encouraged for those attending the event.  Pick up at the Alapai Transit Center will be from 7 a.m. to 8 a.m.  Regular fares for adults and youth will prevail.  Monthly adult and youth passes will be accepted, and elderly and disabled cards will be honored.  Parking at the Fasi Municipal Building lot will be free.
For more information on the Memorial Day Ceremony, the public may call the city's Department of Parks and Recreation at (808) 768-3002. 

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