Monday, March 30, 2015

West Hawaii will host three services today in honor of the Veterans Day holiday.

In Kona:

c At West Hawaii Veterans Cemetery, take part in the annual Veterans Day program hosted this year by the Kona chapter of the Disabled American Veterans. The event starts at 11 a.m. and features a service, speech by retired U.S. Navy veteran Curtis Tyler and luncheon.

Attendees are asked to arrive a half-hour early. Parking is restricted to the cemetery's access road unless handicap-accessable parking is required.

In Kapaau:

c The Kohala National Guard Alumni will host its annual Veterans Day ceremony at 11 a.m. at Veterans Field in the county's Kamehameha Park in Kapaau. This year's program will honor all veterans with an emphasis on Vietnam War veterans.

Guest speakers include North Kohala resident and retired U.S. Navy Capt. Linda Lewandowski and Operation Vacation recipient U.S. Army Sgt. William Carlson, who is recovering in North Kohala from an injury he suffered during combat in Afghanistan.

In Ka'u:

c The Ka'u Multicultural Society will hold a blessing and celebration event for Veterans Day beginning at 9 a.m. at Naalehu Park. The event is the first time since the end of the plantation era in the 1990s that a Veterans Day service is being held in Ka'u, according to Darlene Vierra, the society's president.

Ka'u Councilwoman Brittany Smart will be the guest speaker. Various veterans residing in Ka'u will also speak. Following the one-hour service, the park will have games for kids, displays of veterans' photos and memorabilia and other entertainment until 3 p.m. -- WHT

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