National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific or Punch Bowl

by admin on March 25, 2014

We had the opportunity to witness a memorial service at the National Memorial Cemetery.

The National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific (informally known as Punchbowl Cemetery) is a national cemetery located at Punchbowl Crater in HonoluluHawaii. It serves as a memorial to honor those men and women who served in the United States Armed Forces, and those who have given their lives in doing so. Wikipedia.

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It is an amazing place.  A cemetery inside the crater of a volcano. There is a respectful and peaceful feeling there.  A place to honor the fallen men and women who served our nation.  The service we attended was sad and lonely.  A mother, daughter, a few friends and a paid minister.  They were given only 15 minutes to share thoughts of their son and brother and listen to a well, intention-ed minister trying to give comfort.  But this is where Charles wanted to be buried and I felt he was honored to be among so many veterans.  My husband, David was invited to give the prayer on his final resting place.

The cemetery is full – no room left for caskets.  So there is an area that looks like – sad to say – rows of high school lockers – where remains are placed in a box and sealed.

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Each compartment has a marble slab engraved with the veteran’s name and dates.

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Beautiful flowers are left throughout the memorial.

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Charles’ last resting place.

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Punchbowl Crater is an extinct volcanic tuff cone located in Honolulu, Hawaii. It is the location of the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific.

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Incredible views!

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