Hawaii Congressional Members Honor Nation’s Fallen Heroes
January 22, 2015
Delegates lay wreath at Arlington National Cemetery for Army 1st Lt. Hoe
WASHINGTON – Congressman Mark Takai (HI-01), Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard (HI-02), and Ashley Arethel representing Senator Schatz (D-HI) today paid their respects to the fallen soldiers of our wars at Arlington National Cemetery, and laid a wreath in honor of Army 1st Lt. Nainoa K. Hoe of Hawaii and all who made the ultimate sacrifice for America.
“We must never forget the sacrifices made by the courageous men and women of our armed forces,” Takai said. “These soldiers understood the risks associated with their duties and never shirked in the face of danger. It is our solemn duty to honor their memories and the manner in which they served. 1st Lt. Nainoa Hoe embodied the spirit of military service and commitment to our country and state. I am honored to be a part of Hawaii’s proud history of service in the military and to have had a chance to serve our country in uniform.”
Said Congresswoman Gabbard: “Laying this wreath today at Arlington Cemetery's Tomb of the Unknown Soldier was personally a tremendous honor, as we remember the great service and sacrifice of 1st Lt. Nainoa Hoe, and his family. Ten years ago today, Nainoa made the ultimate sacrifice, when he was shot and killed while leading a foot patrol in Mosul, Iraq. Those who served with him describe him as a selfless leader who always put others first. My heart goes out to the Hoe family, who lost a son, brother and husband who dedicated his life to serving our country; and to his military ohana, who lost a great friend, soldier and leader. We salute you, Nainoa – now and forever. Your service continues to inspire the best in all of us.”
Hoe’s father, Allen Hoe, a Vietnam War veteran, remarked: “Today is a very special day — we mark and commemorate the 10th year of the death of 1st Lt. Nainoa Hoe, a young Hawaiian warrior who loved being a soldier. But first and foremost, we remember and honor all of the young men and women who have given their last full measure of devotion to their country, and we will never forget each one of them, and their families and their loved ones. Nainoa loved being a soldier, and thus we honor him by celebrating his life in the true spirit of a warrior.”
1st Lt. Nainoa K. Hoe was shot and killed by a sniper on Jan. 22, 2005, as he led a foot patrol through Mosul. Hoe was a graduate of the Kamehameha Schools, earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Hawaii at Manoa, and was commissioned as an Army officer through the UH ROTC program.