Punchbowl was once used as a lookout for Hawaiian warriors. Now, it’s one of only two national memorial cemeteries in the USA — the other is Arlington, Virginia. It is the final resting place for those that have courageously served in the U.S. Armed Forces.
For the 14th year, the 100th Infantry Battalion Club 100 members invite the public to help decorate 1,000 heroes’ graves with flowers Saturday, Sept. 28, from 8 to 11am.
Then on Sunday, Sept. 29, from 9:30 to 10:30 am, the public is also invited for a joint memorial service in honor of our Nisei soldiers of World War II, including the 100th Battalion (Purple Heart Battalion), the 442nd (Go For Broke Battalion), Regimental Combat Team, the Military Intelligence Service (MIS) and the 1399 Engineer and Construction Battalion.
Why Sept. 28? It was on this date Sgt. Shigeo “Joe” Takata was hit by shrapnel and fought death long enough to point out the location of the enemy. He was the first combat casualty for the 100th Battalion and will be honored.
Parking is free and open to the public, except for the reserved spaces on Mall Drive. This memorial event is sponsored by the Nisei Veterans Legacy; its mission is to preserve, perpetuate and share the legacy of these Nisei soldiers