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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Thursday, May 27, 2010

50,000 fresh lei required for the graves of veterans

Advertiser Staff

This Memorial Day, 50,000 fresh lei are needed for the graves of veterans at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific at Punchbowl and at all state veterans cemeteries.

The lei are needed by tomorrow and can be dropped off at designated community parks, fire stations on O'ahu, and at other locations. Loose plumeria flowers also can be dropped off tomorrow at the Waipahu District Park, Kailua District Park and Makua Alii Senior Center on Kalākaua Avenue.

All lei must be made of fresh flowers or ti leaves and measure 20 to 24 inches before tying. All lei must be tied. Floral sprays such as ti leaf and anthurium bouquets also are welcome.

The 61st annual Mayor's Memorial Day Ceremony will be held at 8:30 a.m. Monday at Punchbowl. Boy Scouts will place the lei on each grave to honor the memory of fallen veterans and service members.

Lei can be dropped off at the following locations tomorrow:

• From 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Ala Wai Community Park, Kailua District Park, Makiki District Park, Waialua District Park, Waiau District Park, Waipahu District Park, Hau'ula Community Park, Kāne'ohe District Park, Makua Alii Senior Center, Wai'anae District Park and Waimānalo District Park.

• From 6:30 a.m. to noon at any O'ahu fire station.

• From 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Fasi Municipal Building, Parks Permit Section, 1st floor; Kapolei Hale, Security Desk, 1st floor.