Saturday, July 3, 2010
The National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific at Punchbowl is an incredibly moving place. Not many words can describe the feeling as you drive through to the the main area. In ancient times Hawaiians buried their royalty here and also used it as a place of human sacrifice. The Hawaiian name for this crater is Pu'u-o-wainahillof human sacrifices. (a bit of a history lesson)
A status of Columbia holding large branch is at the top of the memorial. Though out the cemetery and all over there are over 45,000 men and women laid to rest here. There is no large tombstones or even crosses here just simple slabs making the final resting place. In addition to these resting places you will find over 28,000 names carved into the walls from the wars in the mid-20th century.
There a various displays of the battles that claimed many lives at the top of the status area. This in is self is a very touching moment to see were we have come from and just goes to show you what our men and women are willing to do for our country.
Walking through the cemetery you could here someone playing the Bagpipes and as we were leaving he was right there with a couple other people. It looked as if they were getting ready for a ceremony.