DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE
Office of Veteran Services
NEIL ABERCROMBIE GOVERNOR
MG DARRYLL D.M. WONG ADJUTANT GENERAL
RONALD P. HAN JR. DIRECTOR
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Nov. 5, 2013
Governor’s Veterans Day Ceremony at Hawaii State Veterans Cemetery
WHEN: Monday, Nov. 11, 2013, 1 p.m.
WHAT: Governor’s Veterans Day Ceremony
WHO: Gov. Neil Abercrombie, State Adjutant General Darryll D.M. Wong, State and City Government Officials, Consul Generals, U.S. Military Commanders, Veterans and their Families
WHERE: Memorial Plaza, Hawaii State Veterans Cemetery, Kaneohe, Hawaii
Honolulu — Under the auspices of the Office of Veteran Services, a division of the State of Hawaii Department of Defense, Gov. Neil Abercrombie will host the annual Veterans Day ceremony at the Hawaii State Veterans Cemetery in Kaneohe. The theme for this year’s event is: “Veterans; Remember Their Legacy.”
The program begins at 1 p.m. with a musical prelude by the 111th Army Band of the Hawaii Army National Guard, followed by a conch shell opening featuring Kahu Manu Mook. The parade of flags and presentation of lei will be carried out by various veterans’ organizations.
The Office of Veteran Services will honor former Punchbowl Cemetery Director and retired Marine Corps Colonel Gene Castagnetti for his service and commitment to veterans. Office of Veteran Services Director Ronald P. Han Jr. will serve as the master of ceremonies. Honolulu Blend will sing the National Anthem and Hawai‘i Pono‘i. Kahu Kekapa Lee will provide the invocation and benediction.
Gov. Abercrombie will provide the keynote Veterans Day address with State Adjutant General Maj. Gen. Wong giving the welcoming remarks. Gov. Abercrombie, Maj. Gen. Wong and Castagnetti, will present the state wreath at the Memorial Plaza Monument. Thereafter, U.S. Pacific Command and senior commanders representing each military service will also present a wreath. A rifle salute will be performed by the Hawaii Army National Guard’s Honor Guard.
Civilian attendees are asked to wear aloha attire. Military attendees are asked to dress in Class B or equivalent attire.
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