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Remember the meaning of Memorial Day

By Staff | May 23, 2019

Retired U.S. Air Force Soldier Frank Perry wants to renew an important Lahaina tradition.

For many years, the West Maui Veterans hosted a Memorial Day Service at their hall at 198 Fleming Road in Lahaina.

It was a big deal, with the hall overflowing with people and speakers like the late U.S. Sen. Daniel Inouye, a Medal of Honor recipient.

This year’s Memorial Day ceremony will be held on Saturday, May 25, at 10 a.m. at West Maui Veterans Hall.

Perry hopes West Maui veterans will attend. To reach him, call (509) 714-6417.

In addition, this weekend, as you celebrate Lahainaluna High School’s graduation on Sunday and spend time with family and friends, take a moment to think about Maui soldiers and the true meaning of Memorial Day.

It’s a day to thank and remember the people who died while serving in the U.S. Armed Forces.

West Maui heroes who made the ultimate sacrifice, from World War II through today’s conflicts in the Middle East, will be honored by the club on Saturday.

On Memorial Day, take time to thank and honor Kelly Bolor, Jay Cajimat and the rest of Lahaina’s Beloved War Dead: Clarence Aki, Matsuei Ajitomi, Tokio Ajitomo, Jaime Barreto, Vincent Bedoya, Giichi Chinen, Manuel Freitas, Takeo Fujiyama, Katsumi Harada, Masami Higuchi, Susumu Imano, Kenneth Kaaihue, Michael Kaaihue, Lincoln Kaumeheiwa, Sadao Kawamoto, Tadashi Miyahira, Akeji Morinaga, Gary R. Naganuma, Martin Naganuma, Gary A. Nakaima, Kosei Nakamura, Hideichi Nakata, Albert Neizman, Masayoshi Oba, Sanichi Oba, Hiroshi Oku, Masanao Otake, Warren Prescott, Walter Rickard, Nobumi Shibao, Nobuo Shishido, Jiro Suzawa, Hitoshi Taguchi, Tadashi Wakabayashi and Mitsuichi Yoshigai.

Keep these heroes, as well as the soldiers of today and their families waiting for them at home, in your thoughts on Monday.