HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Across the state and nation Friday, people marked Veterans Day by thanking vets for their service and remembering those who gave their lives for the country.
"Veterans Day in Hawaii is such a big, emotional time," said Gov. David Ige, speaking after a memorial at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific at Punchbowl.
"So many in our community have chosen to serve our country in our armed forces and it has special meaning because for many, like my father, they had to choose to fight to prove their loyalty to our country. it is such an important holiday for us to be able to celebrate and remember all those who chose to serve."
Veterans Day memorials are being held in several spots on Oahu and elsewhere in the state. And in an annual tradition, many Hawaii residents are also gathering at the gravesites of family members who served.
The day started with the ceremony at Punchbowl. Hundreds gathered to mark the day, and lay wreaths at the memorial.
Also Friday, students and others participated in the Wahiawa Veterans Day Parade, which kicked off at 10 a.m. at Kaala Elementary School. The parade traveled down California Avenue.
And on Friday afternoon, a ceremony will be held at the Battleship Missouri Memorial. The sunset memorial starts at 4:30 p.m., and his year's ceremony will pay special tribute to Filipino veterans of World War II.
U.S. Sen. Mazie Hirono will speak, along with distinguished guest speaker Domingo Los Banos, who served on the 1st Filipino Infantry Regiment during World War II. The event is free and open to the public, and complimentary round-trip shuttle service will be offered from Pearl Harbor.