MEDIA ADVISORY

Honolulu, Hawaii – October 29, 2018 — You are invited to attend the unveiling of the Centennial Memorial plaque awarded by the National WWI Centennial Commission on November 2, 2018 at 9am.

The 100 Cities / 100 Memorials Program, sponsored by the US World War One Centennial Commission has designated 100 memorials in 100 cities as official “WW1 Centennial Memorials” following a nationwide competitive nomination process.  A plaque representing this designation will be affixed to the Waikiki Natatorium War Memorial for permanent display of this special honor.

Mr. Kenneth Clarke, originator of the Centennial Memorial program explains the significance of this designation for the Cities and States honored by this designation: “By designating 100 WWI memorials across the nation….we honor the names of those who served and the history of the communities where they lived.”  This national recognition of Hawaii’s 9,800 WWI Service Members will be acknowledged at the ceremony.

Colonel Timothy D. Connelly, the Deputy Commanding Officer for Operations, 9th Mission Support Command, is our main speaker, and will unveil the plaque.

This is only the second plaque to be affixed to the exterior of the WWI Memorial, the first being the one mounted by the City and County of Honolulu and unveiled 18 years ago on Memorial Day, May 26, 2000, by Mayor Jeremy Harris.

The ceremony will last forty minutes, but please arrive early to find parking along Kalakaua Ave.

This ceremony is the lead-up event to the Commemoration of the Centennial of the end of WWI, Armistice, and Veteran’s Day to be held on November 11 at the Waikiki Natatorium War Memorial. Along with the Commemoration Service, there will be a full day of free to the public activities ranging from bagpipers, a WWI Film Festival, static historic displays and free concerts by the Marine Forces Pacific Band, Royal Hawaiian Band, Raiatea Helm, the Harry James Orchestra, plus flyovers and fireworks.  For details visit hawaiiworldwar1.org and worldwar1centennial.org

About Hawaii World War Centennial Task Force

Following the formation of the U.S. World War One Centennial Commission which was part of Public Law 112-272 passed by Congress and signed by President Obama in 2013, Governor Ige directed the formation of The Hawaii World War One Task Force to plan the State’s commemoration.

The Task Force is composed entirely of volunteers  from Hawaii’s Military veterans, Academic, Professional and Civic organizations. The Hawaii National Guard, Veteran’s Affairs, and six Veteran organizations are represented in the membership of the Task Force, along with volunteer members from the ranks of academia, industry and civic organizations. World War I remains America’s forgotten war, even though more Americans gave their lives during that war than during the Korean and Vietnam wars combined. In Hawaii, then a territory of the United States, over 9,800 men volunteered to serve, and the war touched nearly all of the citizenry.

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