Veterans to be Honored With a Shower of Flowers at Makawao Veterans CemeteryMay 24, 2018, 2:28 PM HST · Updated May 24, 12:32 PM 4 Comments
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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