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“Our Duty in Honoring Our Veterans”

National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific
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Owner description: The resting place for more than 25,000 victims of three American Wars - World War II, Korean War and Vietnam War – this is truly the “Cemetery of Heroes.” Punchbowl was formed some 75,000 to 100,000 years ago during the Honolulu period of secondary volcanic activity. A crater resulted from the ejection of hot lava through cracks in the old coral reefs that, at the time, extended to the foot of the Koolau Mountain Range. Of special note is a monument honoring Hawaii-born astronaut Ellison Onizuka, who perished aboard the Challenger space shuttle in 1986. Also noteworthy are the Courts of the Missing, white stone tablets bearing the names of those missing in action from World War II.
Minnetonka, Minnesota
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“Our Duty in Honoring Our Veterans”
Reviewed February 20, 2013

Very moving experience. My wife and I were actually able to see wall murals of the Battles of the Pacific Theater and track where her father fought for our Freedom with the 32nd Division!

It is a beautiful, reflective cemetery with many memorials to dedicated heros of our country's conflicts. It was an honor to pay my respects to these fallen Guardians of Our Freedom.

As a bonus, there are gorgeous views overlooking Waikiki, Diamond Head and Honolulu. We were so pleased that we stopped here.

Visited February 2013
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Ipswich, Australia
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“Moving place”
Reviewed February 20, 2013

Very informative with tour guide giving history and background but would not be very good done without guide. Cannot get out and walk around which was disappointing but an understandable rule.

Visited February 2013
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Ramona, California
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Reviewed February 20, 2013

The memorials are beautifully done. The grounds are well kept. There are many facets of our nation's history represented here, not just the war of the Pacific.

Visited January 2013
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Gaithersburg, Maryland
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“Absolutely a must see!”
Reviewed February 19, 2013

We traveled here to visit a grave site and had no idea what a spectacular place this would be. We went up the steps to the chapel area and read the maps all about the wars. Even my husband who is a history buff learned something. Make sure you go to the top of the hill and take in the view of the city and overlooking the cemetery.

Visited February 2013
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“Honolulu's Arlington”
Reviewed February 18, 2013

This is a very impressive and reflective military cemetery, similar to Arlington in Washington, DC. It also has a lookout point where you can get some very good views of the Honolulu/ Waikiki skyline. We took a guided tour that focused on the lookout point and on the many mosaic maps telling the story of WWII in the Pacific (with a little bit about Korea and Vietnam). The tour was thought-provoking, but both the hike to the lookout and the level of detail in the maps were a little much given that we visited in the afternoon after a morning of other activities. I would strongly recommend visiting when one is well-rested and can focus on everything you are seeing.

I wondered if there was some type of paper guide to the cemetery perhaps showing the locations of particular graves or memorials of interest. We saw the graves of Ernie Pyle and Ellison Onizuka. Would have liked to have visited Sen. Inouye's grave and others, probably on a day when we were up for more walking, but had no idea of locations. Also, is there any sort of a booklet containing reproductions of the mosaic maps, with explanations that can be read?

Visited February 2013
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