45th honors veterans

| June 14, 2013 | 0 Comments
Sgt. Kevin Barcena, volunteer with the 45th SB, 8th TSC, works to clean a headstone at the Hawaii State Veterans Cemetery, Tuesday, as part of an islandwide outreach effort.

Sgt. Kevin Barcena, volunteer with the 45th SB, 8th TSC, works to clean a headstone at the Hawaii State Veterans Cemetery, Tuesday, as part of an islandwide outreach effort.

Story and photos by
Spc. Erin Sherwood
45th Sustainment Brigade Public Affairs
8th Theater Sustainment Command

KANEOHE — More than 30 Soldiers with the 45th Sustainment Brigade, 8th Theater Sustainment Command, connected with history by visiting the Hawaii State Veterans Cemetery, as part of an islandwide outreach effort, Tuesday.

The Soldiers worked to gently clean hundreds of the 9,000 burial headstones blackened from years of Hawaiian weather.

For many warriors, the event was a chance to reflect on their own feelings about their involvement in the community.

“This is where I live,” said Pfc. Angel Edmonds, 540th Quartermaster Company. “In my opinion, you should want to help out, want to make your community a better place, because you’re part of it.”

The cleaning was hard and tedious work, but Edmonds said she didn’t mind.

“You learn a lot doing this,” she said. “You see people smile when they walk up to the headstone, and it’s all clean. It makes the hard work worth it.”

“Having the volunteers here is great,” said Willie Hirokane, cemetery operations manager. “Having clean headstones enhances the whole cemetery for families.

“When they come out and see everything clean, it projects a good image to the community,” he said.

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