Wahiawa celebrates veterans during 68th annual parade

| November 14, 2014 | 0 Comments
Soldiers assigned to 2nd Battalion, 35th Infantry Regiment 3rd Brigade Combat Team, and 25th Infantry Division, served as the Color Guard during the 68th annual Veterans Day Parade in Wahiawa, Nov. 11.

Soldiers assigned to 2nd Battalion, 27th Infantry Regiment 3rd Brigade Combat Team, and 25th Infantry Division, served as the Color Guard during the 68th annual Veterans Day Parade in Wahiawa, Nov. 11.

Staff Sgt. Catrina Herbert
3rd Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs
25th Infantry Division

 

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — The sidewalks on California Avenue were filled with hundreds of spectators, family and friends of active duty military and veterans eager to show support and pride for their country, as Wahiawa said “Mahalo” to veterans, Tuesday, at the Wahiawa Lions Club 68th Annual Veterans Day Parade.

The club has been hosting the Veterans Day Parade for decades. It has become an event the community looks forward to each year.

Veterans from all eras were present, either marching in the parade or standing in the streets dressed in the uniform of their service. The parade was comprised of over 70 participants.

Soldiers of 3rd Battalion, 4th Calvary Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division; a color guard from 2-27th Inf. Regt.; and the 25th ID Band also marched in the parade.

The Royal Hawaiian Band and Mayor Kirk Caldwell led the parade.

This year, three grand marshals were designated: Mitsuo Hamasu, from the mighty 110th Inf. Bn., and Glen Arakaki and Yoshinobu Oshiro, both of the wartime Military Intelligence Service.

Active duty military marched to the applause of onlookers, local elementary schools waved American flags, local high school bands played, and Girl and Boy Scouts passed out candy and sang, “Together we say, Happy Veterans Day.”

The parade route ran from Ka’ala Elementary School to the Wahiawa District Park, where it ended with a program in the park featuring Maj. Gen Charles Flynn, commander, 25th ID, as the keynote speaker.

The park held military vehicles, static displays, food booths, crafts and a couple of jumping bouncers for the kids. Also, local elected officials were in attendance for the day’s activities.

“Since 1949, the community of Wahiawa has been letting the veterans know they love them and embrace them,” said Caldwell. “When they go off to war, we wish them the best and feel sad, and when they come home, we wrap them with aloha.”

The Lion’s Club of Wahiawa was established with the goal of building a lasting relationship centered on poise and respect between the military and the Wahiawa community. Celebrating its 68th anniversary, the club continues its support to the Wahiawa community by holding the Veterans Day parade each year.

“I am so grateful for all those who have come and gone and fought to keep us free,” said June Asato, Mililani Hongwanji Buddhist Temple. “This a time for me to remember and honor, and to thank our service members, because our freedom is because of them.”

Caldwell said he was honored to participate in a community legacy.

“On the 11th hour, (the) 11th day, of the 11th month in 1918, the armistice was signed to stop all wars. … (In) each one of those wars, there’s a story to be told by those veterans who went off and fought,” said Caldwell. “We can never forget their sacrifice. That’s why we celebrate and call it Veterans Day around our great nation.”

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