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Volunteers prepare thousands of lanterns for annual memorial day event

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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

Volunteers gathered Sunday to begin preparations for the 2017 Lantern Floating Hawaii ceremony.

Preparations began at Shinnyo-en Hawaii where the wooden lanterns were assembled.

The annual lantern floating ceremony at Magic Island Beach Park is one of Hawaii's largest Memorial Day events. 

Nearly 50,000 people are expected to attend this years ceremony to honor friends and family whose lives were lost.

The lanterns will contain handwritten messages remembering those who have passed. 

"This year we have 7,350 lanterns that we will be sending out into the water," Larry Sakagawa, lantern Floating Advisor said. "The significance of the lantern is for everybody, no matter what denomination, to express their feelings for the people that passed before us to kinda let them go."

This year's ceremony will take place on Memorial Day May 29. 

For more information on the lantern floating ceremony, click here.

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