Gabbard Promoted Within National GuardOctober 12, 2015, 3:24 PM HST (Updated October 12, 2015, 3:29 PM)
Congresswoman Tulsi Gabard was promoted in rank from Captain to Major Monday by the Hawai’i Army National Guard.
The ceremony took place at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, where former United States Senator Daniel K. Akaka led in reciting Congresswoman Gabbard’s Oath of Office.
“Standing here today amongst veterans at the Punchbowl National Memorial Cemetery, I’m again reminded of what aloha truly means. Ultimately, aloha means respect, love, and caring,” said Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard. “Some people think love and caring means weakness, but I assure you that the exact opposite is true. The truth is, nothing is as strong as love. It was their love for liberty and freedom that gave our country’s founders the courage and strength to fight for independence.
“It is that love for country that motivates our men and women in uniform to be ready and willing to put their lives on the line for the freedom and liberty that is the foundation upon which America stands. Punchbowl Cemetery is sacred. It exudes the aloha of those who have given their lives for America. I am humbled, honored, and inspired to be here with them—and with all of you.”
Congresswoman Gabbard was joined by her family, friends, and fellow service members and veterans.