July 18, 2017
Walt Davis and Greta Hamilton
Several of us gave eulogies for our fallen heroes today at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific in Honolulu. https://www.cem.va.gov/cems/nchp/nmcp.asp
This location is in a beautiful volcanic crater overlooking the city and is another stunning example of excellent work being done by the National Cemetery Administration and the American Battle Monuments Commission. The cemetery slopes upward from the Lower Columbaria and gravesides to the Honor Courts of the Honolulu Memorial at the top.
We were led on a tour by Gene Maestas of their Public Affairs office. He took us all over the site and showed us a beautiful overlook of Honolulu and the entire southern beach of Oahu that rivals any overlook in the state. He mentioned that this crater and overlook had special historical and spiritual experience to the Hawaiian people. We could see why.
We also saw the ongoing process with resurfacing and engraving the limestone on the Courts of the Missing. Tim Nosal of ABMC described the process and care taken with the materials in great detail. We continue to be amazed and proud of the work and budget our country puts into honoring its war dead. It continues to be a highlight in our visits to these resting places.
One big highlight to the day was the large statue of Lady Liberty in the center of the Courts of Honor at the Honolulu Memorial with the inscription by Abraham Lincoln…
“The solemn pride that must be yours, to have laid so costly a sacrifice upon the altar of Freedom”
These eloquent words give us pause when considering the Punchbowl visual below of so many who laid a costly sacrifice.