Friday, May 25, 2001

Veterans’ sacrifice honored
in isle Memorial Day rites

Observances begin with Scouts
adorning the graves on Sunday

Star-Bulletin staff

To commemorate Memorial Day, Gov. Ben Cayetano will deliver remarks and place a wreath at the memorial plaza monument at the Hawaii State Veterans Cemetery in Kaneohe on Monday.

The governor's annual Memorial Day observance will begin at 1 p.m.

Scheduled earlier Monday, H. Delano Roosevelt, a grandson of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, will be the keynote speaker at the National Park Service's Memorial Day observance. It will begin at 7:45 a.m. on the back lawn of the USS Arizona Memorial.

Special boat tours will be held throughout the day, with park rangers serving as tour guides. A special photography exhibit will be on display and there will be book signings at the center's bookstore.

Other Memorial Day activities:

>> The Mayor's 52nd Annual Memorial Day Program will start at 8:30 a.m. at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific at Punchbowl. A military artillery detail will fire a 21-gun salute, and members of the Hawaii Air National Guard in F-15 aircraft will perform a missing-man flyover.

A rehearsal for the ceremony is scheduled for Saturday at 8 a.m.

>> U.S. Pacific Fleet's Submarine Force ceremonies start at 11 a.m. at Pearl Harbor's Submarine Base Memorial.

>> The 25th Infantry Division, U.S. Army Hawaii's observance starts at 11:30 a.m. at the Schofield Barracks Post Cemetery. Guest speaker will be Col. William R. Puttmann Jr., commander, U.S. Army Garrison, Hawaii.

On Sunday, Boys Scouts and Cub Scouts again will decorate the graves at the cemetery at Punchbowl, using miniature U.S. flags and leis donated by island schoolchildren.

Other Sunday activities include:

>> Roll call of honor in remembrance ceremony at the National Cemetery of the Pacific, 4 p.m. Sen. Daniel Inouye will be the guest speaker.

>> 17th annual Sunset Memorial Service at the Eternal Flame memorial, on Beretania Street across from the Capitol, 6 p.m. Gov. Ben Cayetano will place a wreath and give the memorial address for a service that pays homage to veterans who gave their lives in the Korean War.

>> The Vietnam Veterans Candlelight Ceremony at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, 6 p.m.

>> A ceremony called "No Greater Love" will be held in Phase 2 of the Hawaii Kai Retirement Community, 446 Kawaihae St., from 10 to 11 a.m. Hawaii Kai will join more than 200 retirement communities throughout the country in honoring those who died on Dec. 7, 1941.

Also, from 11:15 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., a remembrance reunion will be held for residents or those stationed in Hawaii when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor. For more information, call Janet Johnston, administrator for the Hawaii Kai Retirement Community, at 396-0720.

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