Fifty years since the Vietnam War, and the Hawaii memorial dedicated to those Americans who fought for our country is finally complete. A pavilion and mosaic map gallery have been added to the Punchbowl Cemetery courts, puting the finishing touches to the memorial.
Located at the foot of the main staircase, two courts contain the names of 2,504 Americans missing from the war. The new mosaic maps help tell their story, as they give an overall scope of the Vietnam War, as well as point out major battles fought during the conflict.
Our nation’s commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War officially began on Memorial Day. President Barack Obama led a ceremony at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington. Once the completed Hawaii memorial is unveiled this weekend during the annual Veteran’s Day ceremony, the public is welcomed to visit.
The National Memorial of the Pacific in Punchbowl holds the remains of 50,000 war casualties. Even if for an hour, please take time during your vacation to pay tribute to those men and women who served our nation.
Photo Courtesy: Nadine Siak, National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific
*Note: Photos of mosaic maps won’t be available until this Sunday when they’re revealed