PMRF Sailors honor veterans during annual parade

PMRF Commanding Officer Capt. Vincent Johnson, Executive Officer Cmdr. Daniel Kimberly and Command Master Chief James Bibb lead Sailors down Rice Street in Lihue, Kauai during the annual Kauai Veterans Day Parade.

Story and photo by Robert Purdy

PMRF Public Affairs

Hundreds from the Kauai community lined the sidewalks of Rice Street in Lihue to honor and thank veterans for their service to our country during the annual Kauai Veterans Day Parade, Nov. 4.

Pacific Missile Range Facility (PMRF) proudly represented the Navy with the PMRF Color Guard taking front and center, leading almost 50 organizations down Rice Street.

Capt. Vincent Johnson, commanding officer, PMRF, and the PMRF Sailors waved to spectators as they made their 1-mile journey from Vidinha Stadium to the Historic County Building.

A PMRF Seaborne Powered Targets (SEPTAR) motor boat, BQM aerial target and a PMRF Crash, Fire and Rescue tactical firetruck joined the Sailors in the procession that included members of the Hawaii Air National Guard, the Army National Guard, Waimea and Kapaa High School JROTC drill teams, the Chiefess Kamakahelei Middle School Band and many local community organizations who joined in the festivities to thank our veterans.

Grand marshals for this year ‘s parade were Kauai Fire Chief Robert Westerman and Kauai County Council Chair Mel Rapozo.

“It was an absolute privilege and honor to be part of the parade. To see all the support the local community gives to veterans and the service members is outstanding,” said Chief Machinist’s Mate Desmond Latham.

“I was glad that me and my guys got to be a part of it and got to display our boats and the BQM,” Latham said.

First time parade participant Master-at-Arms Seaman A’shane Monroe said, “It was an experience. I really enjoyed being able to support all the veterans and had an awesome time waving to all the children who came out to enjoy the parade.”

Despite a little drizzle now and then, the parade made its way down Rice Street and ended at the Historic County Building lawn where the PMRF Color Guard posted colors. The Kapa‘a Middle School Choir and Ukulele Band played the national anthem and Hawaii Pono‘i, and visitors listened to keynote speakers and messages from county and state representatives.

For more information on Pacific Missile Range Facility, visit their website at www.cnic.navy.mil/PMRF or visit their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/PacificMissileRangeFacility/.

VETERANSDAY CEREMONIES PLANNED

Events to commemorate Veterans Day have been scheduled on Oahu Nov. 11.

• An Oahu Veterans Day ceremony will be held from 9 to 10:15 a.m. at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific at Punchbowl.

• A Hawaii World War I Centennial Cemetery will be held from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the Waikiki Natatorium.

• A Veterans Day Sunset Ceremony will begin at 4:30 p.m. at the Battleship Missouri Memorial.

The Wahiawa Lions Veterans Day Parade will begin at 10 a.m. starting from Ka‘ala Elementary School, and marchers will travel up California Avenue to North Cane Street.

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