Memorial Day Ceremony News Release

Posted on May 23, 2017 in 50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War, News, News Release, Press Releases

May 18, 2017 

News Release

Memorial Day Weekend Restrictions

HONOLULU−The Director of the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific “Punchbowl” will restrict tour vehicles aboard this facility for 3-days during Memorial Day Weekend in order to maintain maximum efficiency in safety, traffic, and visitor control to preserve the spiritual integrity of the cemetery.

Public events celebrated on Sunday, May 28th include the Roll Call of Honor Remembrance Ceremony at 10 a.m. to honor the veterans who served during the Vietnam War.  The Boy Scouts of America will conduct a ceremony at 12 noon that commemorates their annual “Good Turn” event decorating all the graves with lei and miniature U.S. flags.

On Memorial Day the Mayor’s annual ceremony will honor the veterans who served during the Vietnam War by conducting a patriotic ceremony at 8:30 a.m., May 29th.  The ceremony is sponsored by Governor David Ige, Mayor Kirk Caldwell, the U.S. Veterans Administration, the State of Hawaiʻi Office of Veteran Services, the City and County of Honolulu, and the 50th Anniversary of Vietnam Commemorative Committee along with various Vietnam veterans’ organizations.

This year’s joint Memorial Day ceremony will be larger than Memorial Day events in previous years and is expected to attract some 3,000 attendees. As a result, parking and driving in Punchbowl will be restricted until noon and gravesite visitors are asked to arrive after this time. No personal vehicles will be allowed before 12 noon unless previously authorized.

Free shuttles will be available for the public from the Alapa‘i Transit Center from 5:30 a.m. to 7:30 a.m. the morning of the ceremony. Eighteen city buses will continuously shuttle attendees during this time.  The last shuttle departs at 7:30 a.m.   Attendees are required to be within Punchbowl by 8 a.m., after which access into Punchbowl will be restricted until the ceremony is finished.  Shuttle service back to the Alapa‘i Transit Center will commence following the conclusion of the ceremony and the last shuttle back will depart at noon.  Regular bus rules apply to the shuttle service, including limits on baggage.

Shuttle riders are encouraged to park at one of several free sites, including: the Frank F. Fasi Municipal Building parking lot, Alapaʻi Transit Center parking lot, and President William McKinley High School’s parking lot accessible from S. King Street. TheHandi-Van reserved rides and licensed/marked taxi cabs will be allowed to drive into Punchbowl.

These ceremonial events being conducted Memorial Day Weekend require closure of this facility to tour vehicles for 3-days starting from 8:00 a.m., Saturday, May 27th , until 8:00 a.m., Tuesday, May 30th , 2017.

The Cemetery Director has an obligation and responsibility to exhibit community leadership by encouraging public awareness of our deceased veterans and the contributions these servicemen and servicewomen made to our country by supporting appropriate patriotic ceremonies.

For more information please contact Gene Maestas at (808) 532-3720 x221.