The Mayor’s Memorial Day Ceremony at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific (Punchbowl / Pūowaina) was cancelled in 2020 and 2021 due to COVID-19 pandemic. Mayor Rick Blandgiardi, the Honolulu Department of Parks and Recreation, and all of the supporting organizations who normally facilitate this event encourage the public to mark these holidays with their own individual displays of appreciation for those who came before us, and sacrificed for our benefit.
The Honolulu Mayor’s Memorial Day Ceremony takes place each year at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific. School children all across Hawaii fashion handmade flower lei, which are then placed upon every single grave at Punchbowl Cemetery, as a sign of respect as well as a mahalo nui loa (deeply grateful thank you) to the brave soldiers buried on these grounds. More info: Memorial Day (honolulu.gov) and Veterans Administration – National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific (va.gov) and U.S. Park Service – National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific (nps.gov)
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