Veterans to be honored on Mighty Mo

| November 7, 2014 | 0 Comments

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Battleship Missouri Memorial
News Release

 

PEARL HARBOR — As daylight fades on Nov. 11, the Battleship Missouri Memorial will bring all Veterans Day observances around the world to a close with a special sunset ceremony, here.

“It is a special privilege to conclude our nation’s commemorations of Veterans Day, here, in historic Pearl Harbor, on the decks of the USS Missouri, America’s last battleship,” said Michael Carr, president & CEO of the USS Missouri Memorial Association. “Our ceremony will proudly honor all veterans for their unwavering courage, including our youngest generation of veterans who have served America over the past decade in the Middle East.”

Rear Admiral Richard “Rick” L. Williams, commander of Navy Region Hawaii and the Naval Surface Group Middle Pacific, will deliver the keynote address.

Also speaking will be retired Navy Vice Admiral Robert K.U. Kihune, former chairman of the Board of Directors for the USS Missouri Memorial Association, and Mark Marble, Military Adaptive Sports coordinator for Schofield Barracks and founder of AccesSurf Hawaii, which provides modified surfing instruction and therapeutic water-based educational programs to people with disabilities.

A portion of the program will be dedicated to remembering Hawaii-based armed forces members who gave their lives while serving in Iraq and Afghanistan. Representatives from the U.S. armed forces will scatter more than 300 flowers into the waters of Pearl Harbor, each flower signifying a Hawaii Medal of Honor recipient who made the ultimate sacrifice.

As the ceremony draws to a close, attendees will witness a moving sight when a vintage World War II airplane performs a flyover of the retired USS Missouri, courtesy of Pacific Warbirds.

The ceremony will feature music by the U.S. Army’s 25th Infantry Division Band, the U.S. Pacific Command color guard and the playing of taps to honor all fallen veterans.

Attendance at the ceremony is free and open to the public. Complimentary round-trip shuttle service for the ceremony will be offered from the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center beginning at 3:30 p.m.

Veterans Day Events

Soldiers and civilians are encouraged to attend the following ceremonies on Veterans Day.

•Nov. 9, 2 p.m.: In honor of Veterans Day, Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor hosts the Hawaii premiere of “With Their Voices Raised.” The documentary theater performance shows stories of Pearl Harbor and Hiroshima survivors created by Kate Morris. A reception follows with cake and refreshments in Hangar 37. The event is free with museum admission, free to museum members or $5 performance-only admission. Reserve tickets at www.PacificAviationMuseum.org/events/with-their-voices-raised.

•Nov. 11, 10 a.m.: The Wahiawa Lions will hold their annual Veterans Day Parade along California Avenue in Wahiawa. The event is expected to have 45 marching units, 17 vehicles and five bands. The parade will begin at Ka‘ala Elementary School and head up California Avenue and end at Fred Wright District Park.

•Nov. 11, 10 a.m.: The Oahu Veterans Council will hold its Veterans Day Memorial Ceremony at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, or Punchbowl, located at 2177 Puowaina Dr., Honolulu. The OVC holds this ceremony every year to honor veterans past and present for their dedicated service to our country.

•Nov. 11, 11 a.m.: The Waianae Veterans of Foreign Wars will host a Veterans Day ceremony at the Pililaau Army Recreation Center, Waianae.

•Nov. 11, 1 p.m.: Governor Neil Abercrombie will host the Veterans Day Governor’s Ceremony at the Hawaiian State Veterans Cemetery in Kaneohe. The ceremony is intended to honor and thank all who have served in the U.S. armed forces.

•Nov. 11, Sunset, 4:30 p.m.: The USS Missouri Memorial Veterans Day Ceremony will be conducted on the ship’s fantail at 63 Cowpens St., Honolulu. Complimentary round-trip shuttle service for the event begins at 3:30 p.m. The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has selected the USS Missouri to serve as the official regional site to observe Veterans Day.

 

 

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