HILO, Hawaii: Hawaii County joined the rest of the nation in observance of Memorial Day on Monday.
Here at the East Hawaii Veterans Cemetery, the public laid flowers on the graves of loved ones lost long ago. Nearby, veterans and community members gathered to honor those fallen in the defense of liberty during a morning ceremony. The event included in a wreath laying and floral tribute to the lost soldiers, with music from the Hawaii County Band. The participants were escorted by the youngsters of the Hawaii Island Youth ChalleNGe Academy. Then, funeral volley fired by the 291st Combat Communications Squadron, and a rendition of taps.
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This year, the event was attended by Governor Neil Abercrombie. Organizers believe it was a first for a Hawaii head of state.
Also speaking at the ceremony, Lt. Col. Rolland Niles, the commander at Pohakuloa Training Area.