HONOLULU— Under the auspices of the Office of Veteran Services, a division of the State of Hawaii Department of Defense, Gov. Neil Abercrombie will host the annual Memorial Day ceremony at the Hawaii State Veterans Cemetery in Kaneohe. The theme for this year’s event is: “Remembering our Veterans of Yesterday and Today.”
The program begins at 1 p.m. with a musical prelude by the 111th Army Band of the Hawaii Army National Guard, followed by a conch shell opening featuring Kahu Manu Mook. The parade of flags and presentation of lei will be carried out by various veterans’ organizations.
Office of Veteran Services Director, Ronald P. Han Jr., will serve as the master of ceremonies. Chino Hills High School Choir will sing the National Anthem and Hawai‘i Pono‘i. Kahu Kekapa Lee will provide the invocation and benediction.
Gov. Abercrombie will provide the keynote Memorial Day address with State Adjutant General Maj. Gen. Wong giving the welcoming remarks. Gov. Abercrombie and Maj. Gen. Wong, will present the state wreath at the Memorial Plaza Monument. Thereafter, U.S. Pacific Command and senior commanders representing each military service will also present a wreath. A rifle salute will be performed by the Hawaii Air National Guard’s Honor Guard.
Civilian attendees are asked to wear aloha attire. Military attendees are asked to dress in Class B or equivalent attire.