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Memorial Day observances scheduled for today

Memorial Day observances have been held at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific at Punchbowl and at Schofield Barracks today. Several more events are to take place:

>> Adm. Cecil D. Haney, commander of the Pacific Fleet, will be the guest speaker at an observance at 11 a.m. at Submarine Memorial Park at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam.

The ceremony is in honor of about 3,500 submarine crew members on 52 Pacific Fleet submarines lost at sea during World War II.

This event is only for people with military base access.

>> Lt. Gov. Brian Schatz will lead the annual Memorial Day ceremony at the Hawaii State Veterans Cemetery in Kaneohe at 1 p.m.

Maj. Gen. Darryll Wong, state adjutant general, will give opening remarks, and Schatz will give the Memorial Day address and participate in the placing of the state wreath at the Memorial Plaza Monument.

The Hawaii Air National Guard honor guard will give a rifle salute, and a Coast Guard helicopter flyover will conclude the observance.

The event is open to the public. Civilian attendees are asked to wear aloha attire; military personnel, Class B uniform or equivalent.

>> Shinnyo-en Hawaii will conduct its 14th annual Lantern Floating Hawaii ceremony at Magic Island. Participants write remembrances to deceased loved ones or prayers for peace that will be placed on candle-lit lanterns and set adrift in the ocean.

The lantern request tent opened at 10 a.m. for writing a message on a collective remembrance lantern. Individual lanterns will be available for free at the tent starting at 1 p.m.

The 90-minute program will begin at 6 p.m. with entertainment. At 7 p.m. Shinso Ito, head of the Shinnyo-en sect, will speak.

The Magic Island parking lot will be closed from 4 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday. Street parking will be prohibited on Ala Moana Boulevard eastbound, from Piikoi Street to Atkinson Drive, from 4:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. 

For details go to www.lanternfloatinghawaii.com or www.facebook.com/lanternfloatinghawaii.

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