by: Stephen Florino
HONOLULU (KHNL) - Two ceremonies honored our nation's servicemen, both past and present.
Veteran's day services are held every year, but those in attendance say this year, it seems like because we are at war, people are starting to realize the freedom the military provides.
At the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific at Punchbowl, more than 35 flower wreaths were presented, the most at any veteran's day ceremony there.
"The american people are very conscious, this year in particular, of the role that our veterans have played in guaranteeing our safety and our security," said retired Navy Capt. Jerry Coffee.
Veterans, dignataries, family and friends are here to pay their respects.
"Those of us above ground, realize those below ground, enabled us the lives we lead today, are their contributions in peace and during war," said retired Army Lt. Gen. Edwin Smith.
"This is the kind of sacrifice that has kept our country well, and will continue to do it in the future," said Hawaii Senator Dan Akaka.
In Kaneohe, Governor Lingle says this is a time to show love, honor, and respect for veterans.
"A time to honor the men and women who have courageously served our country," said Lingle. "To recall the importance of their work, the duty that they carried out, and their duty shall always be memorialized."
Memorialized on this day.
"We remember those who were lost, but not forgotten," said Lingle. "We celebrate the freedom secured, but not forsaken."