Hawaii Remembers Fallen Heroes

HONOLULU (KHNL) - Mayor Mufi Hannemann's 58th Annual Memorial Day Ceremony gave veterans, friends and families an opportunity to pay tribute to America's fallen troops.

We are a nation at war.  More than 3,800 men and women have died fighting for our country since the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan began.

This Memorial Day, men and women solemnly laid wreaths and saluted fallen comrades.

"For myself and other vets, its about our fallen comrades and the sacrifice they've given to keep this country free, so that we can do what we want, when we want to do it," said veteran Robert George.

To honor our country's fallen heroes, junior ROTC cadets "posted the colors," the 199th Fighter Squadron flew fighter jets above and, Girl and Boy Scouts decorated each grave site with a lei and American flag.

Robert George served the country in Vietnam.  He reflects on things he says many Americans take for granted.

"We're free, we can do what we want, we can go to church, whatever church we want, we can vote for whoever we want, and I believe that a lot of people just take it for granted," he said.

Kirsten Rita's father spent the last year and a half in Iraq.  She wishes more people would take time to reflect, this day.

"They should come here because it honors them; it shows America that we appreciate and are proud our soldiers who serve, and are serving right now."

Right now, Hawaii has more than 6,000 active duty troops serving in Iraq.