We thanked those veterans who were present. We remembered those who have fallen. We honored everyone who has worn the uniform of the Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force and Coast Guard.
A Floral Tribute to the 10,000
This was the 18th consecutive year that the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8616 has sponsored its Veterans Day ceremony at the Natatorium. It began with the arrival of scores of motorcyclists, organized and led by the veterans of the American Legion Post 17 Riders.
After the presentation of the colors, benedictions, singing and orations, it ended with many members of the audience moving over to decorate the Natatorium gate with 100 lei, each representing 100 of the 10,000 Hawaii volunteers whoserved in World War I.
News and Photo Coverage
This year marks the centennial of the outbreak of that cataclysmic war; the Natatorium is Hawaii’s official monument to those 10,000 volunteers, including more than 100 who died.
If you weren’t able to be there on Tuesday, or if you’d like to relive a few moments of the Veterans Day observance, you can check out our photos or the news coverage by KHON-TV, KITV and Hawaii Public Radio.
Mahalo to those news media outlets for doing their part to honor our nation’s veterans, and especially those in Hawaii.