Wahiawa Honors Veterans More Than Ever

Wednesday - November 07, 2007
By MidWeek Staff
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Nearly 100 marching units are expected for the Wahiawa Lions Club’s 62st annual Veterans Day Parade, which starts at 10 a.m. Monday (Nov. 12) at Kaala Elementary School.

Playing under the parade’s theme of “Take Pride in our Veterans and our Servicemembers” are seven bands (so far): The Royal Hawaiian Band, Pacific Fleet Band, 25th Infantry, Leilehua, Mililani and Kahuku high bands and the Iliahi Ukulele Band.Also marching are seven JROTC units, hula halau, scouts, military groups, churches, schools, clubs, seniors, politicians and more.

“We’re praying that there will be no rain,” said parade chairman Henry Lee, noting that having several churches in the march may help in that effort. “It’s great to have this parade, and Schofield has been so helpful in every way they can in Wahiawa and Waianae (for its parade).”

The units will move up California Avenue and finish at Wahiawa District Park with a keynote address by Maj. Gen. Benjamin Mixon, just-returned commander of 23,000 soldiers in northern Iraq - including 7,000 from Schofield Barracks. (Mixon was recently nominated to lead the U.S. Army Pacific.) The program includes a flag-raising ceremony, a massing of the colors, and military equipment displays.

Lee added that their initial choice for grand marshal is unable to make the parade because of surgery for injuries he incurred in Iraq. For more information on the march, call Don Sagara at 621-0115.

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