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Hawaii commemorates Korean War in annual wreath laying

By Cpl. Matthew J. Bragg | U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific | June 27, 2014

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Wreaths rest at the base of the memorial at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific (Punchbowl) at the conclusion of the 64th annual Korean War memorial ceremony, June 25, 2014. The ceremony commemorated U.S. and Republic of Korea veterans, both living and dead, who fought for the freedom of South Korea, and guests in attendance laid wreaths at the base of the memorial to honor those who gave their lives. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Matthew J. Bragg)

Wreaths rest at the base of the memorial at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific (Punchbowl) at the conclusion of the 64th annual Korean War memorial ceremony, June 25, 2014. The ceremony commemorated U.S. and Republic of Korea veterans, both living and dead, who fought for the freedom of South Korea, and guests in attendance laid wreaths at the base of the memorial to honor those who gave their lives. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Matthew J. Bragg) (Photo by Cpl. Matthew J Bragg)


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U.S. and Republic of Korea flags are displayed during the 64th annual Korean War memorial ceremony at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific (Punchbowl), June 25, 2014. The ceremony commemorated U.S. and Republic of Korea veterans, both living and dead, who fought for the freedom of South Korea, and guests in attendance laid wreaths at the base of the memorial to honor those who gave their lives. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Matthew J. Bragg)

U.S. and Republic of Korea flags are displayed during the 64th annual Korean War memorial ceremony at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific (Punchbowl), June 25, 2014. The ceremony commemorated U.S. and Republic of Korea veterans, both living and dead, who fought for the freedom of South Korea, and guests in attendance laid wreaths at the base of the memorial to honor those who gave their lives. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Matthew J. Bragg) (Photo by Cpl. Matthew J Bragg)


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Many were gathered at the 64th annual Korean War memorial ceremony at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific (Punchbowl), June 25, 2014. The ceremony commemorated U.S. and Republic of Korea veterans, both living and dead, who fought for the freedom of South Korea, and guests in attendance laid wreaths at the base of the memorial to honor those who gave their lives. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Matthew J. Bragg)

Many were gathered at the 64th annual Korean War memorial ceremony at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific (Punchbowl), June 25, 2014. The ceremony commemorated U.S. and Republic of Korea veterans, both living and dead, who fought for the freedom of South Korea, and guests in attendance laid wreaths at the base of the memorial to honor those who gave their lives. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Matthew J. Bragg) (Photo by Cpl. Matthew J Bragg)


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U.S. Marines conduct a rifle honors volley salute at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific (Punchbowl) during the 64th annual Korean War memorial ceremony, June 25, 2014. The ceremony commemorated U.S. and Republic of Korea veterans, both living and dead, who fought for the freedom of South Korea, and guests in attendance laid wreaths at the base of the memorial to honor those who gave their lives. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Matthew J. Bragg)

U.S. Marines conduct a rifle honors volley salute at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific (Punchbowl) during the 64th annual Korean War memorial ceremony, June 25, 2014. The ceremony commemorated U.S. and Republic of Korea veterans, both living and dead, who fought for the freedom of South Korea, and guests in attendance laid wreaths at the base of the memorial to honor those who gave their lives. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Matthew J. Bragg) (Photo by Cpl. Matthew J Bragg)


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A U.S. joint service color guard presents during the 64th annual Korean War memorial ceremony at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific (Punchbowl), June 25, 2014. The ceremony commemorated U.S. and ROK veterans, both living and dead, who fought for the freedom of South Korea, and guests in attendance laid wreaths at the base of the memorial to honor those who gave their lives. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Matthew J. Bragg)

A U.S. joint service color guard presents during the 64th annual Korean War memorial ceremony at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific (Punchbowl), June 25, 2014. The ceremony commemorated U.S. and ROK veterans, both living and dead, who fought for the freedom of South Korea, and guests in attendance laid wreaths at the base of the memorial to honor those who gave their lives. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Matthew J. Bragg) (Photo by Cpl. Matthew J Bragg)


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Col. Jeffrey J. Davis (second from right), chief of staff, salutes the wreaths laid at the base of the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific (Punchbowl) during the 64th annual Korean War memorial ceremony, June 25, 2014. The ceremony commemorated U.S. and Republic of Korea veterans, both living and dead, who fought for the freedom of South Korea, and guests in attendance laid wreaths at the base of the memorial to honor those who gave their lives. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Matthew J. Bragg)

Col. Jeffrey J. Davis (second from right), chief of staff, salutes the wreaths laid at the base of the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific (Punchbowl) during the 64th annual Korean War memorial ceremony, June 25, 2014. The ceremony commemorated U.S. and Republic of Korea veterans, both living and dead, who fought for the freedom of South Korea, and guests in attendance laid wreaths at the base of the memorial to honor those who gave their lives. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Matthew J. Bragg) (Photo by Cpl. Matthew J Bragg)


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Hawaii governor Neil Abercrombie (center) places his hand on his heart as two Republic of Korea Navy cadets salute after laying a wreath at the base of the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific (Punchbowl) during the 64th annual Korean War memorial ceremony, June 25, 2014. The ceremony commemorated U.S. and Republic of Korea veterans, both living and dead, who fought for the freedom of South Korea, and guests in attendance laid wreaths at the base of the memorial to honor those who gave their lives. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Matthew J. Bragg)

Hawaii governor Neil Abercrombie (center) places his hand on his heart as two Republic of Korea Navy cadets salute after laying a wreath at the base of the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific (Punchbowl) during the 64th annual Korean War memorial ceremony, June 25, 2014. The ceremony commemorated U.S. and Republic of Korea veterans, both living and dead, who fought for the freedom of South Korea, and guests in attendance laid wreaths at the base of the memorial to honor those who gave their lives. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Matthew J. Bragg) (Photo by Cpl. Matthew J Bragg)


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Korean War veterans show their respect and salute while the national anthem plays during the 64th annual Korean War memorial ceremony at the Pacific Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific (Punchbowl), June 25, 2014. The ceremony commemorated U.S. and Republic of Korea veterans, both living and dead, who fought for the freedom of South Korea, and guests in attendance laid wreaths at the base of the memorial to honor those who gave their lives. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Matthew J. Bragg)

Korean War veterans show their respect and salute while the national anthem plays during the 64th annual Korean War memorial ceremony at the Pacific Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific (Punchbowl), June 25, 2014. The ceremony commemorated U.S. and Republic of Korea veterans, both living and dead, who fought for the freedom of South Korea, and guests in attendance laid wreaths at the base of the memorial to honor those who gave their lives. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Matthew J. Bragg) (Photo by Cpl. Matthew J Bragg)


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Navy Adm. Harry Harris Jr., U.S. Pacific Fleet commander, recognizes the significance of the Korean War during the 64th annual Korean War memorial ceremony at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific (Punchbowl), June 25, 2014. The ceremony commemorated U.S. and Republic of Korea veterans, both living and dead, who fought for the freedom of South Korea, and guests in attendance laid wreaths at the base of the memorial to honor those who gave their lives. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Matthew J. Bragg)

Navy Adm. Harry Harris Jr., U.S. Pacific Fleet commander, recognizes the significance of the Korean War during the 64th annual Korean War memorial ceremony at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific (Punchbowl), June 25, 2014. The ceremony commemorated U.S. and Republic of Korea veterans, both living and dead, who fought for the freedom of South Korea, and guests in attendance laid wreaths at the base of the memorial to honor those who gave their lives. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Matthew J. Bragg) (Photo by Cpl. Matthew J Bragg)


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HONOLULU --

Service members, Korean War veterans, distinguished visitors and guests gathered at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific (Punchbowl), June 25, to honor the events that transpired in Korea so many decades ago.
    The 64th annual Korean War memorial ceremony paid tribute to the veterans, both living and dead, who fought for the freedom of South Korea and to protect an ally they hardly knew, which eventually resulted in a long-lasting friendship.
    The ceremony opened with the marching of both the South Korean and the United States colors, followed by the national anthems of each country. Many veterans sang along to their anthems as the U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific Band played.
    Several honored guests presented remarks, including Neil Abercrombie, governor of Hawaii, and Navy Adm. Harry Harris Jr., U.S. Pacific Fleet commander.
    “It’s great to be here with all of you in this idyllic setting to acknowledge the achievements and sacrifices of true American heroes,” Harris said. “We pause to remember the 456 military men from Hawaii who were killed in the Korean War, a higher death per capita rate than any other state in the union. They were part of the 36,000 who gave their last full measure in Korea. These mighty men and women of valor created a lasting legacy that is the world we know today.”
    Service members, veterans and guests lined up to lay wreaths at the base of the memorial near the conclusion of the ceremony.
    Col. Jeffrey P. Davis, MarForPac chief of staff, also presented a wreath alongside U.S. and Republic of Korea veterans to honor the fallen. He, along with other wreath-layers, was accompanied by two ROK Navy cadets who saluted each wreath placed in front of the memorial.
    “The United States has very few allies in which it has fought against, but more importantly, one of the allies it has never fought against is the Republic of Korea,” Davis said. “And to have an ally like that through all of these years is a true testament of friendship.”
    Following the wreath-laying, U.S. Marines conducted a rifle honors volley followed by a Marine bugler performing “Taps” and the audience observed a moment of silence.
    Veterans stayed behind after the ceremony to pay their individual respects at the memorial.
    “On this anniversary at the beginning of the Korean War, let us never forget those brave men and women who answered the call as we do to serve and fight in a place called Korea,” Harris said. “Korea reminds us freedom is an idea worth fighting for and, if need be, an idea worth dying for. Korea must never be forgotten.”

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