POSTED: 5:09 p.m. HST, Mar 27, 2013
Gov. Neil Abercrombie and state lawmakers recognized 19 Hawaii-based members of the U.S. military who gave their lives in defense of their country in a ceremony at the Capitol this afternoon.
"It's one thing to take an oath...They were willing to put themselves forward...They are buried in our hearts," Gov. Neil Abercrombie said.
The Hawaii Medal of Honor was awarded posthumously to families and friends of the 19 military members in a ceremony at the Senate chamber.
House and Senate members approved a joint resolution earlier this session agreeing to honor the servicemen for their sacrifices.
Rep. Mark Takai said Hawaii has lost 327 service members in fighting terrorism since March 29, 2003.
He said the awards are symbols of aloha and appreciation.
The Hawaii Medal of Honor was created in 2005 to honor soldiers who are killed in action during wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Today's recipients are members of the U.S. Army and Marine Corps.