Celebrating American patriots

The sound of taps, carried by a cool wind breeze, resonated Monday through the Kauai Veterans Cemetery in Hanapepe as nearly 150 people gathered to commemorate the island’s veterans.

This year’s hour-long ceremony, hosted by the Kauai Veterans Council, was attended by 60 veterans, including the island’s oldest veteran, 100-year-old World War II veteran Gabriel Cataluna, and members of 13 service organizations, including the Pacific Missile Range Facility, West Kauai Lions Club, American Legion and Disabled American Veterans.

Even before the ceremony began, boy scouts and cub scouts from Troop/Pack 83, based out of Lihue Hongwanji Mission, placed small individual American flags on each of the graves in the ceremony.

Members of the Waimea High School band and JROTC programs also provided the musical and ceremonial interlude for the special day.

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