Ceremony at the National Cemetery of the Pacific at Punchbowl commemorates 72nd anniversary of the Korean War
By Craig T. Kojima |
June 25, 2022
| Updated on June 26, 2022 at 12:17 am
Young Soo Lee, left, Paul Chang, Young Bok Chun,
and Jimmy Shin waiting for Saturday's ceremony to begin. Military veterans, dignitaries and community members gathered at the National Cemetery of the Pacific at Punchbowl to commemorate the 72nd anniversary of the outbreak of the Korean War, a conflict that claimed the lives of 456 Hawaii residents.
Ace Kaleohana came with his son-in-law, Jamie Cruz. The ceremony, hosted by Consulate General of the Republic of Korea and the Korean War Veterans’ Association Hawaii Chapter 1, also was attended by Korean sailors and marines who recently arrived in Hawaii to participate in the biennial Rim of the Pacific exercise, the world’s largest recurring naval war game.
Bob Imose takes a picture at Saturday's event.
Laura and Admiral John Aquilino, Commander of U.S. Indo-Pacific Command, meet former prime minister of South Korea Kyo-Ahn Hwang and his wife, Choi Ji-young, before ceremonies started.
From left, Byung-hyuk Choi, Jin Young Kim, Annie Chan, Admiral John Aquilino, his wife, Laura Aquilino,
Kyo-Ahn Hwang, former Korean prime minister, and his
wife, Choi Ji-young, and Sung-kil Jung were among the dignitaries in attendance Saturday.
Admiral John Aquilino, Commander of the U.S. Indo-Pacific Command, gives the keynote address.
From left, Admiral John Aquilino, Commander of the U.S. Indo-Pacific Command, Korean Consul General Seok-in Hong and Herbert Schreiner, President of the Korean War Veterans’ Association Hawaii Chapter 1, present wreaths.
Tommy Tanaka, middle, and Mino Takaesu of The Military Order of the Purple Heart prepare to lay a wreath.