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Navy League to salute service people and veterans

By Staff | May 26, 2016

The public is invited to participate in a community lei-making event, “Blossoms for the Brave,” on the front lawn of the County Building on Friday, May 27, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The free event gathers the community to make more than 2,700 lei, which will be placed on veterans’ graves on Memorial Day at Maui Veterans Cemetery in Makawao. Ample parking and a free shuttle to the County Building will be available from the Ichiro “Iron” Maehara Baseball Stadium parking lot every half-hour from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Live music by Kevin Kanemoto & Friends will be featured at the event, along with Emcee Kathy Collins. Pre-sewn lei, flower and greenery donations are requested. For more information, call Kaunoa Senior Center at 270-7308.

LAHAINA – Our nation will celebrate Flag Day on June 14. Maui Council’s Navy League of the United States is hosting its fourth annual Salute to our Service People, an event to show appreciation and high honor to active military and all veterans of Maui County.

This year, the NLUS Maui Council is partnering with Daughters of the American Revolution. This combined effort will provide three exciting fishing charters on Maui Jim, Start Me Up and Offshore Hunter, and a sunset sail on Queen’s Treasure, Kaanapali’s beautiful sailing catamaran.

Now, as in past years, these excursions are made available by the tremendous generosity and esprit de corps of local residents and businesspeople who acknowledge the collective contribution of our military.

This year, as part of the program on Queen’s Treasure, a Vietnam War era veteran from each branch of service will be presented a lasting memento, the Vietnam Veteran Lapel Pin, with thanks from a grateful nation.

DAR, Haleakala Chapter serves as a proud partner with the United States of America Vietnam War 50th Anniversary Commemoration.

“The mission of the Commemoration is considered complete when all Vietnam Veterans have been thanked and honored for their Service, Valor and Sacrifice. This includes their families, especially families who lost loved ones during the Vietnam War,” commemoration organizers noted.

All veterans and active military interested in participating can contact NLUS Maui Council President Suzanne Ayers at 661-8232 during business hours for details and to register. Seating is extremely limited; space will be confirmed on a first-come, first-served basis. No children are permitted aboard.

“We look forward to booking your adventure and demonstrating our gratitude to each of you for serving our country honorably,” the Maui Council’s Navy League of the United States concluded.