VIDEO & PHOTOS: Rep. Tulsi Gabbard Honors Fallen Heroes at Makawao Veterans Cemetery Memorial Day Service
This morning on Maui, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (HI-02) delivered remarks at the Maui Veterans Council’s annual Memorial Day observance held at Makawao Veterans Cemetery. More than 200 veterans, military families, and community members from across Maui County gathered to honor Maui’s fallen, along with all who throughout history have paid the ultimate price. The congresswoman spoke about the true meaning of Memorial Day, and the cost of war borne by every servicemember and military family. James Hickerson, Hawai‘i resident and Vietnam POW, talked about his more than five years as a prisoner of war, and how service to country, faith, and his fellow POWs got him through captivity. His wife, Carole Hickerson, is the designer of the image which today serves as the black POW/MIA flag, and was one of the founders of nationwide POW/MIA memorial efforts started during the Vietnam War in honor of her then husband, Marine Capt. Stephen Hanson, who vanished in 1967 while piloting a secret helicopter mission in Laos.
Speaking to the ceremony’s theme “Fallen Yet Not Forgotten,” Rep. Tulsi Gabbard said, “As tough and painful as Memorial Day can be, remembering those we lost, it is important that we as a country observe Memorial Day, so that we never forget the cost of war and who pays the price — those who are killed in combat, and those who come home, suffering from visible and invisible wounds, that sometimes haunt them for the rest of their lives. It is for them that we must fight to make sure our veterans are served and cared for. It is for them that we must commit ourselves to never engage in war unless it is absolutely necessary. It is our brothers and sisters, who we honor today, who pay the price. We will never forget.”