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National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific

The resting place of approximately 53,000 veterans and family members, this national memorial plays an important part in the Veteran's day celebrations.

Located in an extinct volcanic crater on the Hawaiian Island of Oahu is the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific or the “Punchbowl” to locals.

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The memorial was commissioned in 1948, to house the veterans of World War I, World War II and later, service members from Korean and Vietnam wars.

The day I went there, they were setting up for Veteran’s Day ceremonies.

This memorial is also featured both in the original and current Hawaii Five-0. The character of Steve McGarrett’s father is interred there.

As you drive into the memorial you begin to see the monument at the back of the lane. A female statue stares hauntingly down upon the cemetery. The halls are mosaics that tell the stories of major battles. New additions have been added for the Korean and Vietnam wars. It is also home to some of the 442nd Infantry Division, an important group for Hawaii which contained Japanese American soldiers who fought proudly in Europe during WWII.

Photo by neanderthalis

Please visit if you have the opportunity and you will also have the chance to see a panoramic view of Honolulu.

Aloha. All photos were taken with Velvia 100 Cross-processed and LC-A+

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