Hundreds honors vets at Hawaii State Veterans Cemetery

By Pete Caggiano, pcaggiano@kitv.com
Published On: May 26 2014 06:22:00 PM HST

A sea of red, white and blue all over Hawaii today, with Memorial Day ceremonies all over the state. KITV4's Pete Caggiano takes us to the Hawaii State Veteran's Cemetery in Kaneohe.

KANEOHE, Hawaii -

Pride and patriotism were on full display at Hawaii State Veterans Cemetery in Kaheohe on Monday for the annual Memorial Day ceremony.  Governor Neil Abercrombie and top military brass were among the hundreds who gathered Monday to pay tribute to our fallen.

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Leona Pereza came to honor multiple family members who heeded the call to serve.

"I come every Memorial Day especially to pay tribute to the dead to thank them so much and the thousands who gave their lives so we could live in a country that’s free,” said Pereza.

Hawaii has a long tradition of service one such example is almost 100 years ago back in World War I. In their desire to show allegiance, America’s newest territory Hawaii saw about a fourth of its eligible man join one of the branches of the U.S. military. 

Along with the governor and top military officials, the Chino Hills High School Choir performed at the ceremony to honor our fallen heroes.

Memorial Day gun salute

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