Memorial Day: Flags at Half-Staff, Gabbard Keynote Speaker
by Big Island Now Staff
In keeping with a request from President Obama, Gov. Neil Abercrombie has ordered that national and state flags be flown at half-staff at state offices and agencies from sunrise to noon on Monday.
Obama today issued a proclamation declaring Memorial Day “a day of prayer for permanent peace” and asked that all states fly the US flag at half-staff until noon.
The president also requested that the public display the flag at half-staff from their homes for the customary forenoon period.
Obama also designated the hour beginning in each locality at 11 a.m. as a time to unite in prayer, and further asked all Americans to observe the National Moment of Remembrance beginning at 3 p.m. local time.
US Rep. Tulsi Gabbard will be making several appearances in the Hilo area on Monday including delivering keynote remarks at 8:30 a.m. at a Memorial Day ceremony at Hilo Veterans Cemetery No. 1 at 150 Kapiolani St.
At noon, Gabbard will tour Hospice of Hilo to learn about its new partnerships and programs, and at 3 p.m. she will deliver keynote remarks at a ceremony being held at the front lawn of Kilauea Military Camp at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. The address is entitled “Remembering All Who Served.”