Veterans to be Honored With a Shower of Flowers at Makawao Veterans Cemetery

May 24, 2018, 2:28 PM HST · Updated May 24, 12:32 PM
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Blue Hawaiian helicopter during a previous flower shower event on Maui.

As part of this year’s Memorial Day Ceremony, Blue Hawaiian Helicopters will drop 10,000 rose petals over the veterans’ graves at Makawao Veterans Cemetery during a Shower of Flowers tribute.  This honorary event, which is sponsored by the Maui County Veterans Council and the County of Maui, is being held as a Memorial Day tribute to veterans.

This year’s theme is “Fallen Yet Not Forgotten,” and dignitaries scheduled to be in attendance include: Maui County Veterans and their families; Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard; and Mayor of Maui Alan Arakawa.

The event takes place on Monday, May 28 with an 8:30 a.m. dedication of the Vietnam War Monument and Blue Hawaiian Helicopters Shower of Flowers to signal the start of the Main Ceremony.  The main ceremony begins at 9 a.m. at the Makawao Veterans Cemetery, located at 3363 Baldwin Ave.

The program will include: music by King Kekauliki High School Band led by Casey Nagata; Maui firefighters singing the National and Hawaiʻi anthems; special guest Melemai Kapu’uwaimai choral group from Honolulu; floral tributes by various organizations; dedication of Vietnam War Monument; Shower of Flowers by Blue Hawaiian Helicopters, dropping 10,000 rose petals over the veterans’ graves; Reading of the names of veterans who passed this year and are buried at the cemetery; a dove release as a sign of peace by Maui Wedding Cakes; and the Maui Army National Guard presenting Color Guard and 21-gun salute.

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