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Punchbowl cemetery memorial to get 4 chairlifts

Four chairlifts are due to be installed at the memorial inside Punchbowl cemetery to improve access for people with disabilities.

The chairlifts will allow visitors to reach all five levels of the white stone structure, officially known as the American Battle Monuments Commission Honolulu Memorial.

The chairlifts will help the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on Thursday said it awarded the $945,000 contract for the project to TOP Pacific Builders, LLC of Aiea.

The memorial was built in 1966 to honor the sacrifices and achievements of U.S. forces in World War II and the Korean War. It was expanded in 1980 to encompass missing troops from the Vietnam War.

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