PHOTOS: Rep. Tulsi Gabbard Promoted from Captain to Major by Hawai'i Army National Guard
October 12, 2015
Honolulu, HI – This morning in Honolulu, Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard (HI-02) was promoted in rank by the Hawai'i Army National Guard from Captain to Major in a ceremony at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific (Punchbowl). She was joined by her family, friends, and fellow service members and veterans. Former U.S. Senator Daniel K. Akaka led Tulsi in reciting her Oath of Office.
Here is an excerpt from her remarks:
“Standing here today amongst veterans at the Punchbowl National Memorial Cemetery, I’m again reminded of what aloha truly means. Ultimately, aloha means respect, love, and caring,” said Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard. “Some people think love and caring means weakness, but I assure you that the exact opposite is true. The truth is, nothing is as strong as love. It was their love for liberty and freedom that gave our country’s founders the courage and strength to fight for independence.
“It is that love for country that motivates our men and women in uniform to be ready and willing to put their lives on the line for the freedom and liberty that is the foundation upon which America stands. Punchbowl Cemetery is sacred. It exudes the aloha of those who have given their lives for America. I am humbled, honored, and inspired to be here with them—and with all of you.”