WMCAC honors veterans, service members

| November 15, 2012 | 0 Comments
More than 600 JROTC cadets from 14 high schools walked in the 30th Annual Veterans Day Parade in Waianae, Nov. 3.

More than 600 JROTC cadets from 14 high schools walk in the 30th Annual Veterans Day Parade in Waianae, Nov. 3.

Story and Photos by
retired Lt. Col. Don “Rock” Arakaki,
Waianae Military Civilian Advisory Council

WAIANAE — Waianae Military Civilian Advisory Council’s, or WMCAC, hosted its 30th Annual Veterans Day Parade, Nov. 3, to salute local men and women in uniform.

The color guard unit and a marching unit from 1st Battalion, 21st Infantry Regiment, “Gimlets,” 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, led the procession followed by the 25th ID Band.

“We have a lot of veterans on the Leeward communities,” said Rocky Naeole, WMCAC president. “We annually honor them for their service to our country. We also honor the active duty soldiers for their service and sacrifice.”

WMCAC's 30th Annual Veterans Day Parade honors local men and women in uniform and veterans, Nov. 3.

WMCAC’s 30th Annual Veterans Day Parade honors local men and women in uniform and veterans, Nov. 3.

Naeole is combat-wounded Soldier from Vietnam, where he served with the 25th ID.

The parade’s grand marshal was retired Army Gen. David Bramlett, a former commander of U.S. Army Forces Command, and deputy commander in chief of U.S. Pacific Command at Camp H.M. Smith, Hawaii. He has held numerous command and staff positions during his more than 34 years of military service and was accompanied by his wife, Dr. Nora Harmsen.

Veterans from Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 829 and the Special Forces Association participated in this event, which was supported by vehicles from the Hawaii Military Vehicle Preservation Association and the Hawaii Army National Guard Firefighting unit.

The Koa Puna Motorcycle Club, led by William “Bill” Pieler, provided security and vehicle control with the Honolulu Police Department along Farrington Highway.

“Many Koa Puna club members are veterans and live on the Waianae Coast, and (they) volunteered their services to support the Waianae Coast community,” said Pieler, a Vietnam combat-wounded veteran.

WMCAC's 30th Annual Veterans Day Parade honors local men and women in uniform and veterans, Nov. 3.

WMCAC’s 30th Annual Veterans Day Parade honors local men and women in uniform and veterans, Nov. 3.

The parade also consisted of more than 600 JROTC cadets from 14 high schools and the Hawaii Civil Air Patrol. Cadets competed in the annual JROTC drill meet immediately following the parade at the Waianae Mall. The Waianae Coast Rotary Club supported the JROTC drill meet with hamburgers and hot dogs.

Local state officials also participated in the parade to recognize the veterans on the Waianae Coast, including Sen. Maile Shimabukuro; Reps. Karen Awana and Jo Jordon; Kirk Caldwell, mayor (elect); and Kymberly Pine, councilwoman (elect).

(Editor’s Note: This is an online exclusive.)

 

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