ʻIn a ceremony honoring Hawaiʻi’s military, Lt. Governor Chin proclaimed May as Military Appreciation Month in Hawaiʻi, and asked the people of the Aloha State to join in honoring all military personnel who gave their lives in defense of our freedom and recognize the enormous and invaluable contributions our Armed Forces and their families make to our island community, the nation, and the world.
In 1999, the month of May was first designated National Military Appreciation Month. This month provides the opportunity for our nation to publicly demonstrate appreciation for the sacrifices and successes of our past and present service members. The commitment and vigilance of active and retired veterans of the Armed Forces, including the Coast Guard, Reserves, and National Guard, continue to ensure the freedom, security and prosperity of the people of the United States of America. Here in Hawaiʻi, we are honored to serve as home to military personnel and their families who represent a vital and vibrant part of our island ʻohana.
Lt. Governor also honored Outstanding Community Service Volunteers throughout all branches, including:
Congratulations and mahalo to all our dedicated servicemen and servicewomen.