Hawaii lawmakers honor fallen service members
HONOLULU (AP) — The Hawaii state House and Senate are holding a joint session to honor military service members who died in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Lawmakers plan a ceremony Wednesday afternoon to award the Hawaii Medal of Honor to the families of 19 fallen soldiers.
House and Senate members approved a joint resolution earlier this session agreeing to honor the servicemen for their sacrifices.
Rep. Mark Takai says Hawaii has lost 327 service members in fighting terrorism since March 29, 2003.
He says the awards are symbols of aloha and appreciation.
The Hawaii Medal of Honor was created in 2005 to honor soldiers who are killed in action during wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Wednesday’s recipients are members of the U.S. Army and Marine Corps.