Molokai Veterans Celebrated

Fred Bicoy plays taps in a moving salute to Molokai’s veterans last Monday.

By Commander Larry Helm

This is the fifth year Molokai Veterans Caring for Veterans–Koa Kahiko (Wise Ancient Warriors) marched in a quiet parade through the town of Kaunakakai ending at the Veteran's Memorial to honor Veterans past, present and future.

A white pigeon was released for each fallen veteran from all wars. The red, white, and blue pigeons are for all Veterans. The population of Molokai is 7,000 with over 600 Veterans that have served in all wars.

This year Hospice Hawaii helped with the program coordination.

The first year there were 30 Veterans that marched and five years later over 100. Molokai Veterans have a small center in Kaunakakai town. They own property and want to build a home for Molokai Veterans. They applied for a permit over a year ago and are getting the run-around from Maui County.

Veterans fight for freedom for all Americans including politicians and now Molokai Vets have to fight the politicians to build their home. Go figgah.

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