For Immediate Release Nov. 8, 2017
WHEN: Saturday, November 11, 2017, 1:00 p.m.
WHAT: Governor’s Veterans Day Ceremony
WHO: Governor David Y. Ige; State Adjutant General, Major General Arthur J. Logan; State and City Government Officials; Consuls General; 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 Veterans’ Services, a division of the State of Hawaii, Department of Defense, the state will host the annual Veterans Day ceremony at the Hawaii State Veterans Cemetery in Kaneohe. The theme for this year’s event is: “Veterans: A Grateful Nation Honors you.”
The program begins at 12:45 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.
Office of Veterans’ Services Director, Ronald P. Han Jr., will serve as the master of ceremonies. Daniel Baduria will play the National Anthem, Hawai‘i Pono‘i and On a Clear Day on the ukulele. Kahu Kekapa Lee will provide the invocation and benediction. U.S. Army First Sergeant Domingo Los Banos, a WWII infantryman with the 1st Filipino Infantry Regiment will be highlighted representing our WWII Filipino Veterans.
Governor David Y. Ige will provide the keynote address with State Adjutant General, Major General Arthur J. Logan giving the welcoming remarks. Gov. Ige, Major General Logan and First Sergeant Los Banos will present the State wreath at the Memorial Plaza Monument. Thereafter, U.S. Pacific Command and senior commanders representing each military branch of service will also present a wreath. A rifle salute will be performed by the Hawaii Army National Guard’s Honor’s Detail followed by TAPS by the Hawaii Army National Guard’s 111th Army Band.
Civilian attendees are asked to wear aloha attire. Military attendees are asked to dress in Class B or equivalent attire. Shuttle service on the grounds of the Hawaii State Veterans Cemetery in Kaneohe is available from the National Guard from 11:30 a.m. Visitors requesting to use this service must sign a liability waiver before boarding for transport. The vans will pick up visitors from the Cemetery Administrative Building, in the parking lots and take you to the Memorial Plaza. At the end of the event, the van will also take you back to your mode of transportation.
Lt. Col. Charles Anthony
Public Affairs Officer