back in shape
The defacing by vandalsBy Harold Morse
has been cleaned up
When vandals defaced the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific last month, director Gene Castagnetti said it would be cleaned up in time for Memorial Day ceremonies.
Punchbowl is back to standard, Castagnetti said.
Marine veteran Tom Kalus, 71, who served in the Chosin Reservoir campaign of the Korean War, said: "Those fellows up there that are no longer with us, I'm sure would make the same commitment. It's just one way of paying tribute to those who are no longer with us. ... The scars are still there. I hope we have a wonderful Memorial Day."
South Korean Navy Cmdr. Do Ik Sohn, military representative at the Republic of Korea Consulate General, helped the Chosin Few vets hand-clean a portion of the 1,000 glass flower vases attached to the columbarium. Sohn said Memorial Day means a lot to South Koreans, who likewise honor American veterans. "They served for Korea and the freedom of the world."
At Punchbowl, the Mayor's Memorial Day observance begins at 8:30 a.m. Monday with a musical prelude, while veterans service organizations present wreaths.
Speeches begin at 9 a.m. The mayor's ceremony will include a 21-gun artillery salute, followed by a missing man flyover of four Hawaii Air National Guard jets.
Other Memorial Day weekend events:
The Boy Scouts, starting at 1 p.m. Sunday, will go through their good-turn ceremony in conjunction with the Coast Guard. Following that, about 2,000 Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts will place small American flags on about 34,000 Punchbowl graves. Also, they will distribute some 70,000 flower leis, two to each grave.
The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Eve service, which starts 6 p.m. Sunday, will feature a candlelight ceremony and end with a helicopter missing man flyover, the helicopter being symbolic of the Vietnam War.
Pearl Harbor will celebrate Memorial Day Monday with a full day of events starting with an 8 a.m. observance at the USS Arizona Memorial Visitor Center.
The National Park Service advises those attending to arrive 30 minutes before the ceremony, which will be held on the waterfront lawn of the Visitor Center, overlooking Pearl Harbor and the USS Arizona Memorial.
Pearl Harbor survivor Chaplain Joe Morgan, a retired lieutenant commander, will present the invocation and benediction at 8 a.m. The Pacific Fleet Brass Quintet will play Echo Taps, and a rifle salute will follow.
Other Memorial Day activities at Pearl Harbor include special boat tours around Ford Island. The tours are free, but reservations must be made by Sunday. Call Ranger Skip Wheeler at 422-2771, extension 134, leaving your name, telephone number and the number in your party.
Each tour is limited to 150 people per boat. Guests are asked to arrive no later than 20 minutes before scheduled departure or their tickets will be redistributed.
A 9:30 a.m. tour will accent Hawaiian folklore and eyewitness accounts of the Pearl Harbor attack. An 11 a.m. tour, "From Fishponds to Battleships: The Transformation of Pearl Harbor," will show the history of Pearl Harbor goes back far beyond Dec. 7, 1941. A 1 p.m. tour, "The Destruction of the Pacific Fleet Battle Line at Pearl Harbor," offers a presentation on how the Pearl Harbor attack changed naval tactics and strategy.
Additionally, regular tours of the Arizona Memorial will go on from 9:15 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The governor's annual Memorial Day ceremony, at 1 p.m. Monday at Hawaii State Veterans Cemetery in Kaneohe, will be coordinated by the state Department of Defense, which includes the state Office of Veterans Services.
The 111th Army Band, Hawaii Army National Guard, will play, and a parade of flags will be presented by veteran organizations. Maj. Gen. Edward V. Richardson, state adjutant general; Lt. Gov. Mazie Hirono; and Adm. Joseph W. Prueher, commander-in-chief, Pacific, will take part.
A 21-gun salute will be fired by Marines, and a helicopter missing man flyover will be provided by Marine helicopters.
The American Friends Service Committee hosts its annual Memorial Day Picnic with a Purpose at Makua Beach Monday.
In connection with Memorial Day observances, the city Department of Transportation Services announces temporary traffic controls to ease congestion near Honolulu cemeteries.
From 5 a.m. to 7 p.m., tomorrow through Monday, no parking will be permitted on Puowaina Drive between Hookui Street and the gates to the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific at Punchbowl or on Hookui Street.
From 5 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday through Monday, no parking will be permitted on these streets:
Nuuanu Avenue, ewa side between Robinson Lane and Judd Street.
Craigside Place, mauka side between Nuuanu Avenue and the driveway into Nuuanu Memorial Park.
22nd Avenue, ewa side, 100 feet in both directions from the driveway of Diamond Head Memorial Park.
East Manoa Road, Diamond Head side between the makai apex of the triangle to the gates of the Old Chinese Cemetery.