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A Memorial Day Message from the Friends of the Natatorium

This is the first year since 1989 that the Friends of the Natatorium have been unable to gather with veterans, active-duty service members, elected officials, and families to observe Memorial Day and honor fallen American warriors. Though the pandemic prevents us this year from joining hands and singing in their memory on the lawn outside the Natatorium, it can never stop us from honoring the men and women who, throughout American history, have made the most extraordinary sacrifice on our behalf. Mo Radke, president of the Friends of the Natatorium, shares our thoughts with you on this Memorial Day weekend.
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Categories: Friends of the Natatorium and Memorial Day.

Yes, we will observe Memorial Day and honor America’s war dead in 2020 — just differently

We are unshakable in our commitment always to honor those who died defending America. This Memorial Day weekend, however, our observance at the War Memorial Natatorium in Waikiki must be a little different. Out of concern for everyone’s safety – and especially for the health of our senior veterans – the Friends of the Natatorium will not hold its traditional ceremony outside the Natatorium this year. Instead, we welcome our friends from Celtic Kula Pipe Band of Hawaii, who will play an appropriate tribute to the fallen at the Natatorium at 10 a.m. on Sunday, May 24, the day before
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Categories: Friends of the Natatorium, Memorial Day, and Veterans.

Support the work of the Friends of the Natatorium. Mahalo!

Happy Thanksgiving! The Friends are truly grateful for your ongoing support of our work for the War Memorial Natatorium in Waikiki. We come to you now asking for your continued help. Earlier this month, the 23rd annual Veterans Day observance at the Natatorium celebrated Hawaii’s ex-service members living and dead, including, as you see in the photo, many members of Oahu veteran biking clubs. Just days before, the City and County of Honolulu released its environmental impact statement on the Natatorium, opting for preservation of Hawaii’s official state World War I memorial. The study began several years ago with the
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Categories: Friends of the Natatorium and Support.

Mahalo, Natatorium supporters!

A note from Mo Radke, president of the Friends of the Natatorium Dear Friends, After years of study, the City and County of Honolulu has issued its final environmental impact statement on the Natatorium. And the news is terrific! The final document confirms the conclusions of the draft EIS: Honolulu should rehabilitate the War Memorial Natatorium and reopen it as a public swimming venue. The city said it now proposes to repair the memorial by pursuing the so-called perimeter deck option, retaining “as much of the physical structure that defines the historic integrity of the Natatorium as possible.” The perimeter
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Categories: Environmental Impact Study, Friends of the Natatorium, National Trust for Historic Preservation, and Statement.

Honor our Veterans at the Natatorium, 11 a.m. on Monday — Veterans Day

On Nov. 11, 1918, Germany and the Allies signed an Armistice. The guns of World War I’s Western Front finally fell silent. After more than four years, the so-called Great War – in which an estimated 15 million to 18 million people died – was essentially over. It was 101 years ago this Monday. Observe Veterans Day at the Natatorium We in the United States now observe Veterans Day each Nov. 11, paying tribute – as well we should – to all those who have served our nation in uniform, both in war and in peace. But the remembrance of
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Categories: Friends of the Natatorium, History, Veterans, and Veterans Day.

Honor Our Veterans, and Observe the WWI Centennial, with Us This Saturday

One hundred years ago this Saturday, the German high command met, hoping to find a way to defeat the Allies before the U.S. Army could flood the Western Front with fresh American troops. Let’s just say that didn’t work out too well for the German high command. Exactly a year later, on Nov. 11, 1918 – 99 years ago this Saturday – the Germans and Allies signed an Armistice. The guns finally fell silent on the Western Front. After more than four years, the horrors of World War I – in which an estimated 15 million to 18 million people
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Categories: Friends of the Natatorium, Veterans, and Veterans Day.

Natatorium named official WWI Centennial Memorial

The Waikiki War Memorial Natatorium has been named one of America’s official World War I Centennial Memorials, in advance of next year’s observance of the 100th anniversary of the end of the first global conflict. The Natatorium is the only monument in Hawaii on the list of the first 50 World War I memorials nationwide announced this week by the federal World War One Centennial Commission and the Pritzker Military Museum & Library. Another 50 will be selected next year. “We’re very pleased to be among the first sites selected for by the U.S. World War One Centennial Commission as
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Categories: Friends of the Natatorium, History, and National Trust for Historic Preservation.

Memorial Day Observance at the Natatorium: Sunday, May 28

Before you go to the holiday picnic or cookout, get to the heart of the holiday. Memorial Day is meant for remembrance of the soldiers, sailors, airmen and women, marines and coast guards who have given their lives in service to our nation during armed conflict. We will honor them all at the 29th annual Memorial Day Weekend observance at the War Memorial Natatorium, 2815 Kalakaua Ave.in Waikiki. It takes place Sunday, May 28, at 10 a.m. You are invited to attend. Those We Remember The number of the men and women we honor on Memorial Day Weekend has now
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Categories: Events, Friends of the Natatorium, and Memorial Day.

Veterans Day at the Natatorium Kicks Off Centenary Countdown

This Veterans Day — this coming Friday — is special. On that day, the entire world begins two years of commemorations leading up to Nov. 11, 2018, the 100th anniversary of the armistice that ended the horrors of World War I. Mark the opening of the countdown with us on Veterans Day, Friday, Nov. 11, at 11 a.m., the traditional 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month. We will gather at Hawaii’s official World War I monument, the War Memorial Natatorium in Waikiki. This is the 20th year that Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8616 has organized
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Categories: Friends of the Natatorium, Uncategorized, Veterans, and Veterans Day.

Photos from the 2016 Natatorium Memorial Day Observance

It was simple, but so beautiful. Somber, yet joyous. Meaningful for all who had the honor to be there to remember our nation’s war dead. Mahalo to everyone who participated in the 28th annual Memorial Day observance at the War Memorial Natatorium in Waikiki. Those who spoke so eloquently. Those who danced with such grace. Those who who presented lei, flowers and salutes in tribute to fallen comrades. Those who performed military ceremonies. Those who sang. Those who sat quietly with their thoughts. Below are a few of the photos taken at the observance. A few more, with identifying captions,
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Categories: Events, Friends of the Natatorium, Images, Memorial Day, and Uncategorized.