NATIONAL MEMORIAL CEMETERY of the PACIFIC
Memorial Day honors all who served in the military and took an oath to protect their country, the United States of America. The annual ceremony held at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific at Punchbowl in Honolulu reflects the pride of all who served and the appreciation of those whose freedoms have been defended.
National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, known locally as “Punchbowl Cemetery” occupies much of Punchbowl Crater. It has a small chapel and a tribute to the battles fought in the Pacific. It honors the men and women who served in the United States Armed Forces.
On Memorial Day, each grave is draped with a flag and a hand strung Hawaiian lei.
The statue of Lady Columbia
is also known as Lady Liberty, or Justice.
She stands 30 feet high.
IN THESE GARDENS ARE RECORDED
THE NAMES OF AMERICANS
WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES
IN THE SERVICE OF THEIR COUNTRY
AND WHOSE EARTHLY RESTING PLACE
IS KNOWN ONLY TO GOD
(plaque behind wreath)
All photographs taken today, May 26, 2014
during the Memorial Day ceremony
at Punchbowl in Honolulu.
|Retiring of the Colors|
|All graves are decorated with flags and leis|
for Memorial Day
|Hand strung Hawaiian leis placed at each gravesite|
The Memorial Day ceremony culminates each year with a 21-gun salute, which constitutes the sum total of 1776, the year of our independence; the playing of the national anthem by the Royal Hawaiian Band; and the retiring of the colors.