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 Honolulu, Hawaii. 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.
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.
Each compartment has a marble slab engraved with the veteran’s name and dates.
Beautiful flowers are left throughout the memorial.
Charles’ last resting place.