National POW/MIA Recognition Day Ceremony

National POW/MIA Recognition Day Ceremony

From the National Anthem performed by the U.S. Marine Corps Forces Pacific Band to the reading of the State of Hawaii Proclamation by Natalie Rauch; Welcome Remarks by Rear Adm. Jon Kreitz and Guest Speaker Rear Adm. (Ret) Peter A. Gumataotao – were all very inspiring.

The keynote was given by Col (Ret) Charles McDaniel, Jr. – a 71 year old Chaplain, who, a week ago, received the remains of his father who passed away in November of 1950 in Korea – for 67 years, since the age of 3, he’s wondered what the final fate of his father was.

Master Sgt. Charles H. McDaniel, Sr. – welcome home!

The names of over 180 service men and women were read that have been identified since 2017’s event – some as early as this week.  Welcome home!

The Rifle Salute by the Hickam Honor Guard and Taps by Cl. Tyaustin Walker stole our hearts.  All who have ever served on an honor guard have memories of TAPS being played at the end of a solemn and emotional ceremony, bringing back memories of friends lost.

Navy League friends and National Directors, Jim and Carole Hickerson, were honored once again this year.  Enjoy the photos thanks to Hawaii Region President David Livingston!  

May God continue to bless our veterans and those who serve today and we know he will always bless the United States of America.

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