Memorial Day to Honor all of America's Service Members

KANEOHE (KHNL) -- Although Memorial Day is about honoring our fallen soldiers, we can not forget America's other service members -- including veterans and those currently serving our country.

That's the message at governor Lingle's service at the Hawaii State Veterans Cemetery in Kaneohe.

One by one, veterans and dignitaries honor america's fallen servicemen and women.

"To the families of the fallen, we share your sorrow and emptiness," said Maj. Gen. Robert Lee, state adjutant general. "We celebrate the selfless service of your loved one, and are grateful for the time you had with them."

While the country honors them on this day, there are also others who shouldn't be forgotten. There are those currently fighting the war on terror. Another wave of Hawaii based troops is scheduled to head back to Iraq and other parts of the Middle East by the end of the year.

"I feel a profound responsibility to make certain I do all I can to remind the civilians in our state of what these men and women are sacrificing for the rest of us, so that we can continue to live the good life that we all know in Hawaii," said Gov. Lingle.

And there are Filipino soldiers who fought in World War II, but were stripped of their veteran status and benefits.

"So this year, this session of congress, we have a bill that will honor that promise," said Rep. Mazie Hirono. "I'm working very hard, along with our entire congressional delegation, to give them the benefits that they've been waiting for for 65 years."

"I ask every Hawaii resident to join me in deep appreciation and recognition of our military, not only on Memorial Day, but every day," said Gov. Lingle.