Hakalau Jodo Mission invites the community to honor area war veterans at a special Memorial Day Service at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 25, at the veterans’ memorial at the Hakalau School Ballpark.
The guest speaker will be Edward T. Texeira, former head of the State of Hawaii Civil Defense Agency. The Rev. Junshi Miyazaki will conduct the service.
Especially encouraged to attend are all of the families, relatives and friends of veterans from the Hamakua/Hakalau district who were killed in action.
These veterans are: World War I — Thomas Smith; World War II — Onso Chinen, Hiroyuki Hiramoto, Isamu Ikeda, Yasuo Kaneshiro, Yoshitaka Kataoka, Satoshi Matsuoka Toshiaki Morimoto, Hiroshi Motoishi, Saburo Nakazato, Masayoshi Ogata, Eishun Soken and Ronald K. Takara; Korean Conflict — Jun Matsushige; Vietnam War — Lester W. Alipio and Bobby J. Barcena.
“These men gave their lives for our freedom and democracy,” said spokeswoman Jan Nakamura.
This event is hosted by Hakalau Jodo Mission. Refreshments will be served in the social hall after the service. The temple is at 29-2271 Old Mamalahoa Highway. Please call the temple at 963-6110 for more information.