Memorial Day 2024: Honoring Our Fallen Heroes

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Today, we come together to pay tribute to the brave men and women who have given their lives for our freedom. These glowing lanterns symbolize their enduring light and legacy, illuminating the path they’ve paved for us.

Hawaii’s rich tradition of aloha and ohana calls us to reflect on the sacrifices made. As we observe this Memorial Day, let’s unite in gratitude and remembrance, cherishing the values they fought to protect. Whether it’s through a moment of silence, a lantern lighting, or quality time with loved ones, let’s honor their memory meaningfully.

Memorial Day Events in Hawaii:

  • 73rd Annual Mayor’s Memorial Day Ceremony: This event takes place at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific at Punchbowl in Honolulu, starting at 8:30 AM. The ceremony includes a color guard, wreath presentations, a firearm salute, and performances by the Sounds of Aloha Chorus​ (Go Visit Hawaii)​​ (Waikīkī Beach Stays)​.
  • Shinnyo Lantern Floating Ceremony: Held at Ala Moana Beach Park from 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM, this poignant ceremony features thousands of floating lanterns, each representing a memory or prayer for those who have passed​ (Shinnyo Lantern Floating Hawai‘i)​​ (Department of Defense)​.
  • Governor’s Memorial Day Ceremony: Scheduled for 1 PM at the Hawaii State Veterans Cemetery in Kaneohe, this ceremony honors our veterans and their families​ (Department of Defense)​.

We extend our deepest mahalo to all who have served and to their families. May their spirit and sacrifice continue to inspire us. ????????????????

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