Wright was speaking at the opening ceremonies
for the 21st Annual Hawai‘i Military Appreciation Month.
HPU is one of the sponsors of the Opening Ceremonies, which
were held at the Battleship Missouri Memorial at Ford Island,
Pearl Harbor, on April 27. Many of Hawai‘i’s military,
business, and government leaders gathered to show their appreciation
and kick off a month-long celebration of our armed forces.
As a key sponsor of the event, HPU’s International Vocal
Ensemble sang the National Anthem along with Gomer Pyle actor
Jim Nabors, as well as “God Bless America,” “Hawai‘i
Pono‘i,” and the Navy Hymn, “Eternal Father,
Strong to Save.”
HPU’s affiliate, the Oceanic Institute, provided shrimp
for the dinner reception, and President’s Hosts, under
Student Life Director Jennifer Matheson, served as escorts
for the event’s attendees.
Hawai‘i Pacific University recognizes the importance
higher education plays in building and maintaining the best-informed
and most effective fighting force in the world,” said
Bob Cyboron, dean of HPU Military Campus Programs. “Since
the mid-1970s HPU has been an integral part of the military
community in Hawai‘i.”
Also attending the event were Hawai‘i Governor Linda
Lingle, Senator Bob Hogue, Honolulu Mayor Mufi Hannemann, Deputy
Commander of U.S. Pacific Command Lieutenant General Daniel
Leaf, Oceanic Institute President Dr. Bruce Anderson, and Chamber
of Commerce of Hawai‘i President Jim Tollefson.
The opening ceremonies at the Mighty Mo kicked off a month-long
calendar of events in May, including Salute to the Military
Day on May 6, in Waikiki; the 8th Annual Twilight Tattoo on
May 13, at Ft. DeRussy; the Combined Military Band Concert
on May 14, at the Hawai‘i Theatre; and the Annual Military
Recognition Luncheon on May 17, at the Hilton Hawaiian Village.