Candlelight ceremony remembers US, Vietnamese POW/MIAs

| May 30, 2014 | 0 Comments
Motorcyclists arrive at the Cemetery of the Pacific to honor prisoners of war and those missing in action from the Vietnam War during a Memorial Day Eve candlelight ceremony May 25, 2014, in Honolulu. The ceremony was a way to pay tribute to those who were lost during the Vietnam War, both American and Vietnamese. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Christopher Hubenthal)

Motorcyclists arrive at the Cemetery of the Pacific to honor prisoners of war and those missing in action from the Vietnam War during a Memorial Day Eve candlelight ceremony May 25, 2014, in Honolulu. The ceremony was a way to pay tribute to those who were lost during the Vietnam War, both American and Vietnamese. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Christopher Hubenthal)

Staff Sgt. Chris Hubenthal
Defense Media Activity-Hawaii News Bureau

HONOLULU — Service members, veterans and civilians gathered at the National Cemetery of the Pacific to honor all American prisoners of war and those missing in action during a Memorial Day candlelight ceremony, Sunday.

Three hundred and fifty motorcycle riders also attended as Hawaii’s version of Rolling Thunder XXV.

Rolling Thunder consists of motorcyclists asking for full accountability for POWs and MIAs.

Retired Army Brig. Gen. Irwin K. Cockett was the keynote speaker for the event; he said that the commemoration was a time to remember those lost on both sides during the Vietnam War.

“On this the eve of Memorial Day, it is fitting that we gather along with our Vietnamese community leaders to pay homage to the fallen comrades of both our countries,” Cockett said. “They may be far removed in time, but not in memory.”

Cockett said that remembering what the missing and fallen sacrificed during that war is a way to honor their memory.

“Tonight our hearts remain heavy for our MIA comrades,” Cockett said. “It is for us to remember the noble cause we fought for, so many years ago, on the battlefields of Southeast Asia.”

The Marine Forces Pacific Band performed. Additional performances were a cultural song from the Viet News Television Ohana choir and a dance by Thai-Hang Phan called “He Hawaii Au.”

The ceremony concluded after attendees lit candles and laid wreaths in respect to those who had served.

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