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Veterans are honored at National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific

Senator Daniel Akaka Senator Daniel Akaka
Charles Patterson Charles Patterson

By Tracy Gladden - bio | email

HONOLULU (KHNL) - One of Veteran's Day's largest and most moving ceremonies is at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific at Punchbowl.

They serve their nation in foreign countries and distant battlefields, and some of them rest here in the hallowed grounds of National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific.

"On December 7th, 1941 as I watched enemy planes attack Pearl Harbor from my dormitory on the Kamehameha School campus,little did I know that history would put into motion events that would change my life and this place forever," said Senator Dan Akaka.

On this Veteran's Day, their memories and sacrifices are honored with a rifle salute and missing man fly over.

"When you see something like that the missing man that again reminds us of all the people that have gone and it just gives you butterflies," said veteran Charles Patterson.

Veterans place wreaths and the Pearl City Chorus sings.

"Butterflies, were the greatest country on earth were the greatest nation on earth."

This day brings memories of wars past, and those still being fought.

"We want them to come home safe and all the sacrifices that them and all their families are making back here at home for us and we just need to do everything that we can as a nation to support them."

The flag waves at half staff and taps is played on this eleventh day of the eleventh month.

These veterans honor the many service members who protected America's freedom and democracy.

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