Memorial Day events set for Sunday, Monday
Mayor Mufi Hannemann will deliver the keynote address at the annual Mayor's Memorial Day Service ceremonies Monday at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific at Punchbowl.
The service starts at 8:30 a.m.
Hannemann, U.S. Reps. Neil Abercrombie and Ed Case, and Brig. Gen. Vern Miyagi of the U.S. Pacific Command will place memorial wreaths at the Dedicatory Stone, according to a city press release.
They will be assisted by Law Enforcement Explorer Lt. Jessie Manufekai, Boy Scout Shafer Pacada and Girl Scout Tate Kaneshige.
The Hickam Air Force Honor Guard will fire the 21-gun rifle salute, and four Hawaii Air National Guard 199th Squadron fighter jets will fly the "missing man" formation.
Junior ROTC cadets from Aiea, Campbell and Roosevelt high schools will post the 50 state flags. The Joint Military Color Guard will post the national colors, and veterans organizations will present wreaths and post colors.
Mike Buck will serve as master of ceremonies. The Honolulu Boy Choir, Tradewinds and the Royal Hawaiian Band will perform.
Parking at Punchbowl cemetery will be very limited. Shuttle buses will run to and from the site starting at 7:15 a.m. from the Alapai Express Bus Terminal (at South King and Alapai streets). The last bus will leave at 8:15 a.m.
Parking will be free at the terminal lot. The buses will be marked "Special Punchbowl Cemetery." Regular fares of $2 per adult and $1 per youth (grades 1 through 12) will be charged. Monthly passes for adults, youths, seniors and disabled will be accepted.
Special traffic controls will allow only one-way traffic within the cemetery on Sunday and Monday.
On both days a police officer will be stationed at three intersections: Tantalus and Puowaina drives; Puowaina and Hookui Street; and Hookui and Auwaiolimu streets. Left turns from Hookui to Auwaiolimu will be prohibited.
Drivers are asked to deactivate their car alarms to avoid disrupting the ceremonies.
For information, call the city Department of Parks and Recreation at 692-5725.
In the afternoon, Gov. Linda Lingle will speak at the annual Memorial Day ceremony at the State Veterans Cemetery in Kaneohe. The theme is "Our Friends, Our Family, Our Home, Welcome Home."
The ceremony starts at 1 p.m.
Hawaii state Adjutant General Robert Lee will also speak.
Music will be provided by Jimmy Borges, Karen Keawehawai'i and the 111th Army Band.
At 11:30 a.m. Monday, the 25th Infantry Division and U.S. Army Garrison Hawaii will host a Memorial Day remembrance at the Schofield Barracks Post Cemetery. Col. Howard Killian, commander of U.S. Army Garrison Hawaii, will be the guest speaker.
The Schofield Barracks service is open to the public. Visitors should enter through Schofield's Lyman Gate. For more information, contact the Public Affairs Office at 655-8729.
On Sunday, Vietnam Veterans Post 10583 of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the American-Vietnamese Coalition of Hawaii will host a candlelight Memorial Day Eve ceremony at 6 p.m. at the National Cemetery of the Pacific.
Friday, May 26, 2006
» On Monday, Memorial Day, mail will not be delivered. Also, the Arizona Memorial and the Bishop Museum will be open. On Page A5 yesterday, a list of what is open and closed for the holiday incorrectly said that mail would be delivered and that the two attractions would be closed.