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Monday, May 25, 2015

MEMORIAL DAY 2015

At the top of the Honolulu Star Advertiser today, General George Patton is quoted:

It is foolish and wrong to mourn the men who died.  Rather we should thank God that such men lived.

Nearly six years ago just after my wife (below, Pearl at the Hiroshima Peace Park Museum next to a Hydrogen Bomb) passed away, I published in The Huffington Post:


Patton and I have closely similar views.


Two years ago I reported on:


MONDAY, MAY 27, 2013

WHAT TO DO ON MEMORIAL DAY

I've posted on the meaning of Memorial Day on several occasions, and today will again walk up to the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific (NMCP) inside Punchbowl (looks like Diamond Head, and is close to my apartment):


Thus, you can find out what this day is all about by clicking on the meaning above.  I start my Memorial Day weekend by watching on the eve the concert on the Mall:


For the tenth year, Gary Sinise and Joe Montagna moderated, with General Colin Powell providing a patriotic message.

Nick Fradiani, recent American Idol winner, sang our National Anthem.  I was totally impressed with Stefanie Scott, a product of the Disney Channel.



Clearly, someone will re-make Oklahoma and Carousel, where she will reprise the role of Shirley Jones.  The Voice season 5 winner, Tessane Chin, did a stirring I Will Always Love You.  Watch it!  Gloria Estefan was the headliner:



At the Arlington Memorial Cemetery Tomb of the Unknown Soldier today, Defense Secretary Ashton Carter and Joint Chiefs Chairman Martin Dempsey joined 5000 spectators watch President Barack Obama lay a wreath and salute our fallen heroes for their ultimate sacrifice, indicating that this was the  first Memorial Day in 14 years without U.S. forces in a major ground war.  However, there are still 10,000 American troops in Afghanistan.


Hawaii now has a special way of celebrating Memorial Day.  Begun 15 years ago by Her Holiness Shinso Ito, (below in orange) head of Shinnyo-en Buddhism, founded by her father, the mostly religious service has become a multicultural event at Magic Island featuring Pacific-Asian entertainment and the launching of floating lanterns:


The free program began at 6:15PM, with KGMB TV coverage from 6PM.   It was a beautiful night, and 50,000 could well have been in attendance.


My 15 Craigside Monday night table featured Mint Julep and patriotic music:


We had three kinds of Kentucky Bourbon and poke, before our Okinawan pork meal:


Next week, Mojitos.

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