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Remembrance at Punchbowl on Memorial Day

  • (Video: Craig T. Kojima and William Cole)

    More than 750 people attended this year's Annual Mayor's Memorial Day Ceremony at Punchbowl on Monday, May 27, 2019. Admiral John M. Richardson, Chief of Naval Operations, served as guest speaker.

  • CRAIG T. KOJIMA / CKOJIMA@STARADVERTISER.COM

    A flag and plumeria lei decorated a veteran’s grave during the 70th Annual Mayor’s Memorial Day Ceremony, held Monday at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific.

  • CRAIG T. KOJIMA / CKOJIMA@STARADVERTISER.COM

    Adm. John M. Richardson, right, chief of naval operations, looked on as Gary Hayakawa, left, laid a wreath on behalf of the 100th Battalion Infantry Veterans.

  • CRAIG T. KOJIMA / CKOJIMA@STARADVERTISER.COM

    Mayor Kirk Caldwell, left, U.S. Rep. Ed Case, U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz, American Samoa Rep. Amata Catherine Coleman Radewagen, U.S. Sen. Mazie Hirono and Gov. David Ige participated in wreath laying Monday. Michelle Huynh and Eryuki Paul of the Roosevelt High JROTC program stood in the center.

Punchbowl cemetery was awash in more than 35,000 small and large American flags Monday as Memorial Day and the sacrifices made by American service members across the decades were observed amid a series of auspicious anniversaries coming closely together. Read more

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