Veterans Day March Through Kaunakakai
Over 50 Molokai veterans proudly marched through the streets of Kaunakakai, bearing our nation’s stars and stripes, last Saturday morning. The men and women of service wore yellow Molokai Veterans shirts as they arrived at the memorial in downtown to observe Veterans Day. A brief service was held to speak about the state of current veterans affairs, as well as remember those who have passed on. After a reading of the names of lost Molokai soldiers from World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War, brightly colored pigeons were released into the sky. A hearty breakfast was prepared by Earl Paleka and Jesse Dudoit was enjoyed by all. After the parade, a time to talk to story followed for all of those who attended.
Commander of Molokai Veterans, Larry Helm, would like to extend a thank you to all who carried flags and participated in the march. Big Mahalos to Maui County–Mike Sabas and Steve Arce and their workers for the chairs and tent setup, drill sergeant Cappy Caparida for keeping a slow cadence for all us young guys, Chaplain Oliver Young for opening prayers, Capt. Jerry Ballard for his message, Nona Fukuoka for the beautiful wreath, and Connie Hao and Sylvia Pabalan for the laying of the wreath. Special thanks to Clarence Adachi for his red white and blue pigeons, David Nanod, Danny Iaea and Ray Sambueno for reading of the names, and Mel Spencer for ringing of the bell. Much appreciation to Elsa Borden for playing taps. Thanks to those who served the food – Ben Menesue, Al Marciel, Melvin Hanohano, and Connie Hao. Tony Diorec and Ken Gonzales for helping Clarence with the birds, Jeff Nartatez for taking pictures. And a big special mahalo for solid like a rock John Keohuloa for the calls and all that you do,
Mahalo to all. If I missed anyone else—sorry—senior moments, Larry Helm.