LIST: Events planned statewide to honor Veterans Day

Published: Nov. 11, 2013 at 9:40 AM HST|Updated: Nov. 11, 2017 at 4:52 PM HST
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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Across the state this year, a host of Veterans Day events are planned to honor military veterans.

Veterans Day falls on Saturday, but government offices and many businesses marked the holiday with a day off on Friday.

Here's a look at how veterans are being honored:

Sunset on the Beach

"Hawaii Five-0" is celebrating its annual Sunset on the Beach red carpet event, but this year's event is timed to honor veterans.

The event kicked off at 7 p.m. and included the screening of an episode followed by special entertainment.

Veterans and active duty members of the military were among the special guest in attendance.

National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific 

The Veterans Day ceremony will begin at 9 a.m. and will feature a keynote address by Adm. Harry Harris, commander of U.S. Pacific Command.

The ceremony annually honors veterans, along with active duty and reserve service members and their families.

The event is free and open to the public. Attendees are encouraged to arrive by 8:30 a.m. as parking is limited.

Hawaii State Veterans Cemetery

The Veterans Day program at the Hawaii State Veterans Ceremony in Kaneohe will begin at 12:45 p.m.

Office of Veterans' Services Director Ronald P. Han Jr., will serve as the master of ceremonies, and Gov. David Ige will offer the keynote address.

Civilian attendees are asked to wear aloha attire, while military attendees are asked to dress in Class B or equivalent attire.

Veterans Day Sunset Ceremony at the Battleship Missouri

This year's sunset ceremony begins at 4:30 p.m., and includes a keynote address by Col. Kara Gormont, commander of the 15th Medical Group at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam.

Attendees should wear "crisp aloha attire, summer whites or service equivalent." The event is free and open to the public.

For more information, click here.

National Parks

To honor veterans, the National Park Service is waiving entrance fees on Saturday and Sunday.

There are nine national parks in Hawaii, including Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.

For more information, click here.

Special deals for veterans

A host of restaurants are offering veterans deals on lunch and dinner meals.

Participating eateries include California Pizza Kitchen, Chili's, and IHOP.

Call ahead or check the restaurant's website for any requirements or restrictions.

One event planned for the Wahiawa community, the annual Veterans Day Parade was cancelled due to rainy weather.

It was only the second time in the parade's 71-year history that the parade was put on hold. It was set to begin at 10 a.m. at Kaala Elementary School.

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