HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Under the auspices of the Office of Veteran Services, a division of the State of Hawaii Department of Defense, Gov. David Y. Ige hosted the annual Memorial Day ceremony at the Hawaii State Veterans Cemetery in Kaneohe on Monday, May 25. The theme for this year's event was: "Remember Their Sacrifices for the Freedom of Others."
The program began at 12:45 p.m. with a musical prelude by the 111th Army Band of the Hawaii Army National Guard, followed by a conch shell opening featuring Kahu Manu Mook. The parade of flags and presentation of lei were carried out by various veterans' organizations.
Office of Veteran Services Director, Ronald P. Han Jr., served as the master of ceremonies. Mrs. Tomoko Hotema sang the National Anthem and Hawai'i Pono'i. Kahu Kekapa Lee provided the invocation and benediction.
Gov. Ige provided the keynote Memorial Day address with State Adjutant General Brig. Gen. Logan giving the welcoming remarks. Gov. Ige and Brig. Gen. Logan presented the state wreath at the Memorial Plaza Monument. Thereafter, U.S. Pacific Command and senior commanders representing each military service also presented a wreath. A rifle salute was performed by the Hawaii Air National Guard's Honor Guard followed by TAPS by the 111thArmy Band.
Civilian attendees were asked to wear aloha attire. Military attendees were asked to dress in Class B or equivalent attire.