Women in the Military will be in the spotlight during the annual Memorial Day service at the Hanapepe Veterans Cemetery, starting at 10 a.m. Monday.
The annual event paying tribute to veterans who gave the ultimate sacrifice for freedom will be handled by Women in the Military as part of the the year-long tribute to women serving in the armed forces.
Retired Major General Mary Lou Hertog, sworn in Friday as the newest Kauai Police Commissioner, will share the podium with Sen. Mazie Hirono in delivering remarks as guest speakers.
Hertog delivered the keynote address at the event marking the start of the Women in the Military year held at the Kauai Veterans Museum in the Kauai Veterans Center.
Johnette Chun of the American Legion Post 54 and the adjutant for the Kauai Veterans Council, said during the course of the year events honoring the veterans and the military will be led primarily by women.
Paula Zimmerman will deliver the keynote address and Rev. Cynthia Moore of the West Kauai United Methodist Church will officiate over the service with the invocation and benediction.
A special appearance by Mele Kapuuwaimai comprised primarily of students at the Leeward Community College will provide the musical numbers, including the national and state anthems.
Directed by Marilyn Kim, the choir arrived here Thursday and has been performing at 10 free concerts are various locations before wrapping up its tour at the service in Hanapepe.
During the tour, guests were treated to the wide range of the choir’s repertoire, including classical, spirit-filled, contemporary and Hawaiian numbers.
Edee Bandmann, coordinating the choir’s visit on Kauai, said the tour was made possible through a grant and the purpose for its visit is to create goodwill, healing, inspiration and encouragement for hope with a special focus on the island’s veterans.