A Day of Remembrance
By: Lourdes Marcelo, PNAH Vice President
On this glorious Saturday morning, one could feel the warmth of the Haleiwa sun, notice the calmness of the shore, and admire the clear blue skies. It was the perfect day to honor and remember the heroes of the North Shore‘s fallen soldiers.
The Wahiawa Lions Club and the North Shore Chamber of Commerce invited The Philippine Nurses Association of Hawaii (PNAH) to participate in recognizing the Veterans that served in WW II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War. The fallen soldiers came from Wahiawa, Waialua, and Haleiwa. Forty-six soldiers did not come back. They fought for us, the USA, and the republic that stands so that we can enjoy our freedom.
During the ceremony, The Marine Corps Brass Band played the all too familiar somber tune “Taps” while names of the fallen soldiers were called, followed by a strike of a bell. One could feel the reverence and the solemnity of the occasion. It was an honor for PNAH to take part in presenting a floral wreath and bouquet, and also joined families in placing leis on bullet stanchions surrounding the memorial park. The fallen soldiers will not be forgotten. We will honor, remember, and be grateful always.