State Flags to Fly at Half-Staff in Honor of WWII Hero

HONOLULU (KHNL) -- Governor Linda Lingle has ordered U.S. and state flags to be flown at half-staff Monday, March 31 in honor of war hero Army Private Shizuya Hayashi.

Hayashi was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor in 2000 for valiant service in World War II.

"Our state and our nation have been blessed by the heroism and devotion to duty that Private Hayashi exhibited during World War II and throughout his life," said Governor Lingle.  "He inspired generations of Americans, and his legacy and that of his comrades lives on in the brave men and women who serve our country today."

Before being laid to rest on Monday, Hayashi will lie in repose from 5:45 p.m. Saturday to 10:00 a.m. Sunday at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific's Memorial Chapel.

Hayashi passed away on March 12.  He was 90.