Memorial Day Events

| May 25, 2012 | 0 Comments

Created in 1868 to honor fallen Soldiers, Memorial Day today honors the sacrifices of all service members. The following events and locations continue this tradition:


25 / Friday

Memorial Day Lei — Bring your lunch 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Honolulu Hale Courtyard, 530 South King St., to enjoy the music of the Royal Hawaiian Band Glee Club and sew a lei for the upcoming Mayor’s Memorial Day Ceremony at Punchbowl, May 28. Call 768-3002


28 / Monday

Memorial Day Ceremonies

Punchbowl, 8:30 a.m. — Peter Carlisle, mayor of Honolulu, will host this annual event at the Punchbowl National Cemetery of the Pacific. Boy Scouts will decorate the graves with more than 50,000 fresh floral lei. Ceremony includes a performance by the Royal Hawaiian Band.

Schofield Barracks, 10 a.m. — Hosted by USAG-HI, this annual event at the Post Cemetary is open to the public. The Wahiawa Rainbow Seniors make lei and floral bouquets used to decorate the gravesites. Enter through Lyman Gate; nearby parking will be available on Lyman Road.

Hawaii State Veterans Cemetery, Kaneohe, 1 p.m. — Brian Schatz, lieutenant governor; and the State of Hawaii Department of Defense will conduct this annual governor’s ceremony.

Lantern Floating Ceremony, 6:30 p.m., Ala Moana Beach Park — This annual ceremony honors those who gave their lives in conflict. Free and open to all. Visit


U.S. Army Museum of Hawaii, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., May 28, Fort DeRussy — Learn about the Army’s history during special Memorial Day hours. Admission is free but donations are encouraged.


Military Appreciation Day, noon-closing, May 28, Aloha Stadium — Active duty, retired and National Guard service members and their families get free admission to the 50th State Fair. Fair runs May 25-June 24, weekends only. Visit


USS Arizona Memorial, Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam — Visiting this memorial is certainly a memorable way to honor Memorial Day. Admission is free. The Visitor Center is open from 7 a.m.-5 p.m., but the timed programs to the memorial start at 8 a.m. and run through 3 p.m.

In honor of Memorial Day, the following locations are offering free admission to military members with valid military ID. All locations are JBPHH.

USS Missouri — Tours of the historic retired battleship Mighty Mo run 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

Pacific Aviation Museum — In honor of Memorial Day, visitors can sign a memorial quilt, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., that will be presented to the family of a fallen Hawaii Soldier. Open daily from 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

USS Bowfin Submarine Museum and Park — Known as the “Pearl Harbor Avenger,” the USS Bowfin is open daily from 7 a.m.-5 p.m.


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