USACE begins chairlift project at National Memorial Cemetery

| May 26, 2011 | 0 Comments
The diagram above shows USACE-HD’s plan to install four chairlifts along the eastern side of the American Battle Monuments Commission’s Honolulu Memorial, located within the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, also known as Punchbowl. (Courtesy of Fung Associates Inc.)

The diagram above shows USACE-HD’s plan to install four chairlifts along the eastern side of the American Battle Monuments Commission’s Honolulu Memorial, located within the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, also known as Punchbowl. (Courtesy of Fung Associates Inc.)

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers-Honolulu District
Public Affairs 

FORT SHAFTER — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers-Honolulu District began construction of a recently awarded $945,000 contract to install four chairlifts along the eastern side of the American Battle Monuments Commission’s Honolulu Memorial, recently.

The memorial is within the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, also known as Punchbowl, and the chairlifts will make the memorial compliant with the American Disabilities Act.

Work began this week to clean the memorial’s “Courts of the Missing’s” upper and lower plazas, chapel building, flagpoles, statue, fountain, stairs and handrails, and to reseal the Courts of the Missing monument and staircase.

Access to various areas of the memorial and transient movement near and adjacent to the projects may be impeded. USACE-HD and ABMC asks for the public’s indulgence and patience during construction and cleaning, including for any inconvenience projects may cause during the Memorial Day and Father’s Day weekends.

“When completed, these projects will improve the appearance and provide access to all five levels of this magnificent tribute to American service and sacrifice,” said Max Cleland, secretary, ABMC. “We regret the short-term inconvenience projects like this cause, but the visitor experience will be greatly enhanced in the future.”

The Honolulu Memorial commemorates American service members missing in action from the Pacific, including 18,096 personnel from World War II; 8,200 Americans missing from the Korean War; and 2,504 Americans missing from the Vietnam War.

Galleries containing mosaic maps and descriptions of American armed forces’ achievements in the Central and South Pacific regions in World War II and in Korea flank the memorial chapel.

ABMC plans to add Vietnam War maps and descriptions to the memorial in 2012.

Memorial Day

Military, local and state leaders will participate in the Mayor’s Memorial Day Ceremony, 8:30 a.m., May 30, at the National Cemetery of the Pacific.

The service will also include the Royal Hawaiian Band, the Sounds of Aloha Choir, a traditional gun salute and  a “Missing Man” formation flyover. Call 768-3002.

 

 

 

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